Michael D. Higgins was sworn in for his second term as President in Dublin Castle on Sunday night.

In his speech President Higgins focused as much on International subjects as it did on the national. Although the speech had an overall optimistic tone Mr. Higgins sent a message to all the political leaders in attendance stating: “inequalities are deepening and many of our people do not have the necessary securities of adequate housing, shelter, health, education, such securities and supports which would allow them to realise their rights and participate with equality”.

The President made and then signed the Declaration of Office at the invitation of the Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, in a ceremony in St Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle attended by members of the Government, the Oireachtas, the judiciary, the Council of State, senior civil servants, religious leaders, the diplomatic corps and invited guests.

-Daniel Potter