President Michael D. Higgins issued a statement reaffirming his condemnation of the war in Ukraine after his wife Sabina was criticised for writing a letter about the conflict.
Many people on social media have said that Higgins shouldn’t have any public view on the conflict.
Sabina Higgins came under fire over the weekend for writing a letter to the editor of The Irish Times criticising an Irish Times editorial published on July 20, saying she was disappointed because it didn’t “encourage any ceasefire negotiations that might lead to a peace settlement”.
In the letter, signed by Sabina Coyne Higgins, she said that until the world convinces Russia and Ukraine to agree to a ceasefire and negotiations, “the long haul of terrible war will go on”.
According to RTE, a spokesperson for President Higgins said: “The record shows President Higgins has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from his original statement on 1 March.
“He has repeatedly condemned what he has described as the illegal, immoral and unjustifiable Russian invasion of Ukraine. He has called for an immediate Russian withdrawal and end to the violence.”
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