President and Sabina Higgins hosted a Garden Party to pay tribute to young people, and to the organisations that support them. See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-hosts-a-youth-garden-party
The second Garden Party in the series, took place on 13 June, paid tribute to grass-roots organisations working to promote peace and reconciliation, and North-South cooperation, on the island of Ireland.
President Higgins delivered a keynote address at the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva. See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-delivers-keynote-address-at-ilo-world-of-work-summit-geneva
President and Sabina Higgins hosted a historic gathering of over 220 women who worked in the Magdalene Laundries, at a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin. See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-hosts-a-special-reception-for-women-who-worked-in-the-magdalene-l
See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-delivers-the-2018-annual-harri-holkeri-lecture President Michael D. Higgins delivered the Sixth Annual Harri Holkeri Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-to-address-africa-day-conference-africa-ireland-relations-current Africa Day, which falls on 25 May, is the official day of the African Union. It marks African unity and celebrates African diversity. The President addressed a meeting of the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Republic of Ireland, hosted by Trinity College’s Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), in advance of Africa Day 2018.
See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-unveils-a-plaque-to-mark-birdhill-winning-the-2017-tidiest-town-c The President visited Birdhill in Co. Tipperary, to celebrate its success in the national ‘Tidy Towns’ competition. The President unveiled a plaque to commemorate the win, and pay tribute to the town's volunteers and community groups.
On 26 April 2018, President Higgins addressed a meeting of the Ireland Funds, at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. In these extracts from the speech, President Higgins speaks about the 'He For She' campaign, and the Sustainable Development Goals. See event details at http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-addresses-ireland-funds-women-leadership-series-event
See http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-presents-awards-at-the-irish-young-philosopher-awards-festival President Michael D. Higgins presented the inaugural Young Philosopher Awards, at a ceremony in UCD. The Awards were launched by President Higgins in November 2017, in response to the President’s calls - in the context of the President of Ireland Ethics Initiative - for greater reflection and debate about the type of skills citizens need in our rapidly changing society. The...