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Breaking news: poet becomes president of a country


I’m a bit surprised to see so little reaction to the news that a poet, Michael D Higgins, has been elected as the ninth Irish president.

Let me repeat that – a man who writes poems is going to be running a country of 4.5 million people. It’s safe to say that the Republic of Ireland’s libraries are going to be in safe hands for a few years.

The BBC asks who is Michael D Higgins?

Luckily, Higgins is an experienced politician. He was an MP for almost 25 years until retiring from the Irish parliament earlier this year. He was also Ireland’s minister for arts and culture in the 1990s.

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