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Michael D. Higgins
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9th President of Ireland
Assumed office
11 November 2011
Preceded by Mary McAleese
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
In office
15 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
Preceded by Bertie Ahern
Succeeded by Síle de Valera
In office
12 January 1993 – 17 November 1994
Preceded by John Wilson
Succeeded by Bertie Ahern
Teachta Dála
In office
17 February 1987 – 25 February 2011
Preceded by Fintan Coogan
Succeeded by Derek Nolan
In office
11 June 1981 – 24 November 1982
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Fintan Coogan
Constituency Galway West
In office
23 February 1983 – 3 April 1987
Constituency National University of Ireland
In office
1 June 1973 – 26 May 1977
Constituency Taoiseach's nominee
Personal details
Michael Daniel Higgins

18 April 1941 (1941-04-18) (age 80)
Limerick, Ireland
Political party Independent,
Labour Party (1968–2011)
Sabina Coyne (m. 1974)
Children 4
Alma mater University College, Galway
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Manchester

Michael Daniel Higgins (born 18 April 1941) is the ninth and current President of Ireland. He took office on 11 November 2011. Higgins is an Irish politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster.

Higgins was Teachta Dála (TD) and represented the Galway West constituency. He also was the Minister for Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997. Higgins was the President of the Labour Party from 2003 until his election to the presidency in 2011.

Higgins is known because he was the first president to make a state visit to the United Kingdom.

Early life

Higgins was born on the 18 April 1941. His father's name was John and he was from Ballycar, County Clare. His father was a member of the militant group, the Irish Republican Army. His fathers rank was a 2nd Lieutenant. He served alongside his brother Peter and Michael.

Personal life

Higgins was born on 18 April 1941 in Limerick, Ireland. He studied at University College, Galway, at Indiana University, Bloomington, and at the University of Manchester. Higgins has been married to Sabina Coyne since 1974. They have four children.

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