Special Initiatives


In his 2011 inaugural address, President Higgins said that he would use his Presidency to promote ideas for societal transformation, celebrating the initiatives already undertaken by active citizens throughout the country and encouraging innovation and original thinking – a Presidency of ideas.

During his first term, President Higgins launched a number of Special Initiatives, which are detailed elsewhere on this website.

For his second term, which began in Novermber 2018, President Higgins offered a vision of “a real republic as being a life lived together, one where there is a commitment to equality, to strong sustainable communities, to the sharing of history and to shaping of the future together; recognising our vulnerabilities, drawing on and enhancing our individual and collective capacities.”