Ire­land re-elects Michael Hig­gins

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS -

MICHAEL D Hig­gins has wel­comed his re-elec­tion as pres­i­dent of Ire­land as a vote for hope over fear.

The 77-year-old poet, pro­fes­sor and cam­paigner se­cured his sec­ond term in of­fice with a land­slide mar­gin of more than 55% of the vote.

All 40 con­stituen­cies around Ire­land were de­clared shortly af­ter 7.30pm. Some 1,492,338 votes were cast.

Speak­ing in Dublin Cas­tle af­ter he was re-elected, Mr Hig­gins said: “The peo­ple have made a choice as to which ver­sion of Ir­ish­ness they want re­flected at home and abroad.

“It is the mak­ing of hope they wish to share rather than the ex­pe­ri­ence of any ex­ploita­tion of di­vi­sion or fear.”

He said his ver­sion of Ire­land is one which draws on tra­di­tional ge­nius and con­tem­po­rary cre­ativ­ity. “The pres­i­dency be­longs not only to any one per­son but to the peo­ple of Ire­land.

“I will be a pres­i­dent for all the peo­ple, for those who voted for me and those who did not.”

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