'We must do something radical to solve homeless crisis' – President Michael D Higgins

President Michael D Higgins says a radical approach is required to solve Ireland’s homelessness.

In an interview with broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh – which will be aired on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Saturday – President Higgins said those who are caught up in the crisis are to the forefront of his thoughts this Christmas.

“It grieves me to think about those who are homeless, those on the streets. We can’t continue to accept things as they are, I believe that we must do something radical,” he said.

He also said he will be working through Christmas and is in the process of studying 16 pieces of legislation which are due to be signed by him before December 31. Some of these will be signed on Christmas Day.

President Higgins and his wife Sabina will be celebrating Christmas with all their family, with one of their sons returning from abroad. Mr Higgins said himself and Sabina will take some private time between December 28 and January 9, when he will be launching the Young Scientist of the Year in the RDS.

Reflecting on the last year, the President said that it was a very important year for women’s rights, recalling that even as recently as 1974 when he married Sabina that the marriage ban was still in place. 

The interview – which was conducted in the Aras – will feature in a special festive edition of ‘Bláthnaid Libh’.

There will be live music from Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra, and Bláthnaid will be joined in studio by different generations of some of the Irish-speaking families in Dublin.

  • Bláthnaid Libh will be broadcast on Saturday 22 December from 10.15 am – 12 pm on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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