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President says he’s aware of the “pain and anguish” caused by mica

President Michael D. Higgins has stated that he’s aware of the “pain and anguish” that has been caused by the mica issue, according to a letter sent from his office to campaigners before yesterday’s mass protest in Dublin.

In response to an invitation sent from the Mica Action Group to attend the protest, the Deputy Secretary-General to the President wrote that Higgins has been “following developments closely and continuously raises this issue in his regular briefings with the Taoiseach”.

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He added, “The President is acutely aware of the very difficult situation that so many households and families find themselves in as a result of mica, and indeed the heartfelt pain and anguish that this is causing.”

The letter stated that Higgins cannot become directly involved in matters that are the policy response of the government “due to the constitutional nature of his office”.

However, the comments show some form of contribution from the president to a high-profile public issue.

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A spokesman for Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that the convention was that the head of government did not comment on briefings with the president.

The invite was sent on behalf of the group by Fiachra Ó Luain, who stated that it was “good to know Micheál Martin is hearing this from the President in his private audiences, and we know it’s genuine because Michael D always does things in a genuine way.”

He added, “He’s able to understand this as a human, and that’s the mark of any good politician.”

IMAGE – “President Michael D Higgins” by The Labour Party is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/Mica Redress (via Twitter

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