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ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN: A PLACE OF WELCOMES

On his election in 2011, President Michael D. Higgins said he aspired to make his Presidency one of ideas and of transformation. During his first term, the President sought to promote reflection and action on contemporary challenges in Ireland, the European Union and across the globe. play a vital role in our democracy. By championing causes, enriching public debate and creating spaces for participation and representation by marginalised groups of people, citizens' groups ensure that it is not only those who have resources that can have their voices heard.  

“My Presidency will be a Presidency of transformation, recognising and building on the many positive initiatives already under way in communities, in the economy, and in individual and collective efforts throughout our land. It will be a Presidency that celebrates all of our possibilities. It will seek to be of assistance and encouragement to investment and job creation, to innovation and original thinking – a Presidency of ideas – recognising and open to new paradigms of thought and action.

Many of the events hosted by President Higgins in the past seven years were aimed at acknowledging and supporting the efforts of these groups.

It will aspire to turn the best of ideas into living realities for all of our people, realising our limitless possibilities – ár feidireachtaí gan teorainn.” Inaugural address, 11 November 2011

By hosting events at Áras an Uachtaráin, the President has highlighted the work of people and organisations whose endeavours to bring us closer to the Real Republic we aspire to and whose activities illustrate “the very best qualities of mind, and the instincts of the heart” needed to bring about social and political change. Since his inauguration, President Higgins has invited an estimated 140,000 people to Áras an Uachtaráin. Throughout his first term, President Higgins has sought to highlight and support all forms of inclusive action across Ireland, celebrating initiatives taken by groups of active citizens. These civil society initiatives are undertaken by people from communities across the island of Ireland. They are independent of the State, largely self-reliant and

From Top: President hosting pupils from Ballycar National School, 2012, and the Young Social Innovators of the Year, 2013

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THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018

Profile for Áras an Uachtaráin

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...