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Head of Zeus
When Ideas Matter
When Ideas Matter: Speeches for an Ethical Republic by Michael D. Higgins

The President of Ireland since 2011, when he was elected by a final tally of almost 57% of the votes, Michael D. Higgins has used his time in office to setout a vision of what he calls 'an ethical Republic'.

In a series of remarkable and urgent speeches, which are anything but the bland commentaries of a ceremonial head of state, Michael D. Higgins has urged his fellow citizens to consider what makes the good life. He has asked how human rights, an active and empowered citizenry, women's equality and the right to health and a life free of corrosive anxiety might be achieved. He has highlighted the plight of refugees. And he has criticised the ways in which work is becoming dehumanised.

Head of Zeus * Current Affairs
07 Sep 2017 * 464pp * £9.99 * 9781786691255
'Higgins uses his gift for words to powerful effect ... we can only rejoice in the energy and light that he brings'
The Irish Times
'A thought-provoking anthology packed with ideology ... Higgins' orations are erudite, elegantly written and always thought-provoking'
Irish Independent
'This book will appeal no only to those interested in oratory or in the research of public speaking, but also to people who have an interest in the arts and history of not only Ireland but civilisation'
Irish Examiner

Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins
Michael D. Higgins has been President of Ireland since 2011. Born in Limerick, he was educated at University College Galway, where he later taught sociology and political science. He was Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997.