Renewing the Republic
Renewing the Republic
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 tot he 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.
About the Author
As well as forging a successful political career, Michael D. Higgins is an author, poet and broadcaster. He presented a television film on Montserrat, The Other Emerald Isle. He also presented a documentary on the life of Dr Noel Browne for RTÉ, Dr Browne Also Spoke. He has had three volumes of poetry published, most recently An Arid Season, and has been included in a number of anthologies. He is the author of Causes for Concern: Irish Politics, Culture and Society, also published by Liberties Press, and has contributed chapters to over twenty publications, and was a columnist for Hot Press from 1982 until 1993.
Higgins has campaigned for human rights and written about conflict in many parts of the world. He became the first recipient of the Seán MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau in Helsinki in 1992, and has twice been mayor of Galway. Michael D. is the candidate for the presidency of Ireland and is nominated by the Labour Party. He was born in Limerick, moved to County Clare when he was five and currently resides in Galway.