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A great opportunityhas been missed to build a real inclusive republic in Ireland - Michael D Higgins

Posted on January 26, 2011

Last night Michael D Higgins made his last speech in the Dáil - below is a short extract.

"Since I was a child in County Clare I have had a belief in the power of education and in the power of ideas. However, I believe an enormously high price has been paid for a kind of anti-intellectualism and authoritarianism in Irish culture. Therefore, I believe we need to draw one conclusion. We need not suggest that that which has failed us should or can be repaired.

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Dáil debate on reducing the minimum wage

Posted on December 17, 2010

This week saw the Dáil debate a Labour Party motion on the reduction of the minimum wage (the wording of which you can read in our media centre). While the Labour contributions focused on different aspects of the impact the reduction in the minimum wage will have, Deputy Michael D Higgins delivered a passionate speech which you can view in the accompanying videos (you'll find links to the others speeches at the bottom of the post).

Closing the debate Deputy Higgins said: "Those on the minimum wage know where every cent goes and are forced to spend their incomes not on luxuries but to survive.

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