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Sabina Higgins has defended her letter requesting a peaceful end to the Ukrainian conflict

President Micheal D Higgins must have been having serious dinner table conversations with his wife over the past number of days. Sabina has come out firing against those who criticised her over the past week.

According to RTE, Mrs Higgins said: “I have from its outset strongly condemned the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine and I cannot be but dismayed that people would find anything unacceptable in a plea for peace and negotiations when the future of humanity is threatened by war, global warming and famine.”

“Last week I had been asked about my letter to the Irish Times, which I had written in a personal capacity, by a number of people who had missed it, and had not been able to access it online.

“I therefore put it on my dedicated section of the website as I have done for the last number of years. Having put my letter up, I subsequently took it down when I saw it being presented as not being from myself, but from the general website.”

Meanwhile, 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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