Higgins abandons Ulster birth ceremony

Il presidente della Repubblica d'Irlanda Michael D. Higgins con il capo di Stato italiano Sergio Mattarella

Michael D., President of the Republic of Ireland. Higgins, Italian President Sergio Materella – Lapress

“I am the President of Ireland, not the Republic of Ireland.” With a subtle but significant play on words, Irish President Michael D. Higgins confirmed yesterday that he would not attend the October 21 peace and reconciliation drive at Anglican Cathedral in St. Patrick’s. The main instigators of the island’s confessions that day, including the Catholic Priest of all Ireland, Eamon MartinIn 1921, Queen Elizabeth II of England was expected to attend a religious ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland and the birth of Northern Ireland. Michael Higgins’ rejection of Ulster quickly led to criticism from Protestant Unionist parties. Of the Stormont Assembly in BelfastThe president is holding a “boycott” of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland.
In particular, the dupe’s leader, Jeffrey Donaldson, publicly accused him of obstructing reconciliation and accepted the invitation and invited him to reconsider. But Higgins was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on FridayHe replies: It is not my intention to boycott anyone. However, what was considered a religious ceremony turned out to be a political event that I did not agree with. Michael Higgins “will continue to use every opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth and her family in person,” a spokesman for the Irish president added.

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