Michael D. Higgins was born in Limerick in 1941, and reared in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.
His collections are The Betrayal (Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1990 [illustrated Mick Mulcahy]); The Season of Fire (Tralee, Co. Kerry, Brandon, 1993 [illustrated Mick Mulcahy]); An Arid Season (Dublin, New Island Books, 2004); and New and Selected Poems (Dublin, Liberties Press, 2011).
His non-fiction includes Causes For Concern. Irish Politics, Culture and Society (Dublin, the Liberties Press, 2007).
He wrote and 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 for many years lectured in Political Science and Sociology at University College, Galway. In 1992 he became the first recipient of the Seán McBride International Peace Medal of the International Peace Bureau for his work for human rights. He has twice been Mayor of Galway. From 1993 to 1997 he was appointed as Minister for Arts, Cultures & The Gaeltacht.
He was a Labour TD for Galway West for many years until 2011, when he retired to contest the Presidency.
He was elected as President on November 11th, 2011.
President Michael D. Higgins