Text of address by Michael D. Higgins to Dublin City Labour Councillors
I appreciate the great support which the Dublin’s Labour Party councillors and indeed certain independent councillors, have shown for me as candidate for the Presidency and I also appreciate the very particular circumstances in which these councillors currently find themselves.
It is in this context that I am responding to the request from Dublin councillors that I might meet with in advance of their deliberations this evening. The decision, of course, rests with each individual councillor in the end – indeed, the Labour Party has been consistent in stating that that it will not place any restrictions on the free vote of councillors in this matter.
However, in this meeting, I will be offering my personal opinion, as their candidate, that given the prevailing circumstances and bearing in mind that I have consistently described the nomination criteria for the Presidency as outdated and in need of review, I believe they should not seek to obstruct the entrance of David Norris as a candidate into the field.
I hope that the campaign can now move on and become a real discussion about what we as a people want for Ireland over the next seven years. I believe that the creative and inclusive vision I am offering along with my record as a progressive voice for social justice will make me a President for all the people of Ireland. I look forward to Dublin Councillors supporting me on the ground and sharing the vision I am offering with their communities across the city.