Productivity of Culture

Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins is a university professor, a member of the Irish Labour Party and an elected member (Teachta Dála) of the Irish Parliament (Dáil). He was Irish Minister for Arts and Culture in a previous coalition government.


presentation: Drifting Towards A Homogenised Future
categories: Cultural Policy + Poetry Reading by Michael D. Higgins


Michael D Higgins is President of the Labour Party and Honorary Professor at Large at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, where he has served on the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Celtic Studies and Law. He was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor affiliated with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI, Galway. A former Member of Galway County Council and an Alderman of Galway Borough Council, he has twice been Mayor of Galway.

He was a member of Seanad Éireann 1973-1977; Dáil representative for Galway West 1981-1982, University Member of Seanad Éireann 1982-1987, and has been a Member of Dáil Éireann from 1987- present. He was the first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, between 1993 and 1997, and President of the Council of Broadcasting Ministers of the European Union during the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 1996.

At different periods, he has been Labour Party Spokesperson on European and International Affairs, Overseas Development, Education and the Gaeltacht. He is currently a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and is Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Labour Party.

Michael D. Higgins has campaigned for human rights in many parts of the world, including Turkey, Western Sahara, Nicaragua, Chile, Gaza, the West Bank, Peru, El Salvador, Iraq and East Timor. In recognition of his work for peace with justice in many parts of the world he became the first recipient of the Seán MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau in Helsinki in 1992.

He has written extensively and is the author of three books of poetry. In November of last year, a selection of his writing, academic, political and journalistic, Causes for Concern was published by Liberties Press.

Michael D. is married to Sabina Coyne, a founder member of The Focus Theatre and Stanislavsky Studio in Dublin. They have one daughter and three sons.


Political position

Galway West

Euro Electoral Region:
Ireland North West

Electoral Status:
Michael D is currently a sitting TD for Galway West .


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