Renewing the Republic

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  • “This might be one of the most important books of this new century, and it isn't just for the Irish.” —Ira David Socol

Meet The Author

Michael D. Higgins was elected President of Ireland in 2011, and reelected for a second term in 2018. As well as his political career, he is an author, poet and broadcaster. He presented a documentary on the life of Dr Noel Browne for RTÉ, Dr Browne Also Spoke, and was a columnist for Hot Press magazine from 1982 to 1993. His poetry includes New & Selected Poems, and a collection of essays, Causes for Concern: Irish Politics, Culture and Society, both published by Liberties Press. He was TD for Galway West from 1981 to 1982 and from 1987 to 2011, was Minister for Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997, and twice served as Mayor of Galway.

Following the hugely successful Causes for Concern, and his recent publication New and Selected Poems, Renewing the Republic spans the President’s academic and political career through new and old essays as well as some of his best speeches, including his final speech to the Dáil which has amassed over 10,000 hits.

Michael D. Higgins’ vision as part of his Presidential election campaign and now following through to his tenure as President of Ireland, is ‘of [an] inclusive citizenship in a creative society, as we build a real Republic that makes us proud to be Irish in the world’. Renewing the Republic is an expansion of that vision as Michael D. lays out, through a series of essays and speeches, the ideals and philosophies by which this is possible.

This collection of essays include Michael D.’s reasons for running for the Irish presidency; his academic essays on a variety of subjects, including the peasantry in Ireland and public representation; his thoughts on recent social and political changes and the current economic crisis. His speech at the Tom Johnson Summer School, highlighting his commitment to the arts in Ireland, and his last speech to the Dáil on 25th January 2011 also feature.

This rich and varied compilation explores six themes: citizenship and the republic; culture, identity and reputation; human rights; language; globalisation, emigration and exile; and the public space.

Weight 0.384 kg