2017 guest speaker
Michael D. Higgins
Uachtarán Na h-Éireann – President of Ireland
President Michael D. Higgins is the ninth President of Ireland and took office on 11th November 2011 for a seven year term. The President is a political scientist and sociologist by profession and spent many years as a lecturer in political science and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway and in the United States. He has previously served at every elected level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. President Higgins is a fluent Irish speaker.