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Sabina and Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2018

Sabina and Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2018

Sabina and Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2018

Michael D Higgins has called for "positive commitments" from the public - to help combat coronavirus - in his 2020 Christmas card.

In the annual Christmas message from the President and his wife Sabina Higgins, he said fighting the virus is based on "fundamental values" of solidarity, care, compassion and kindness.

Mr Higgins said that to succeed in each of these, "positive commitments" are required "from us all".

Vision

"The principles that serve as a guide in our renewed commitment to combat the Covid-19 virus are based on some fundamental values that surely represent the best of ourselves, such as solidarity, care, compassion and kindness," the Christmas card reads.

"Being effective requires positive commitments from us all and we need to speak and encourage each other to have a vision of the light that will surely come from all of our efforts when renewed and redoubled."

A reproduction of the painting Madonna And Child by Italian artist Guido Reni features on the front of the card, with Mr Higgins' poem Take Care, from his 1993 book of poems The Season Of Fire featuring inside.

Lanterns

Mr Higgins' message features on the back of the card, a departure from previous years, where cards would have just normally featured the greeting inside.

Instead of a message, last year's Christmas card featured the 17 sustainable goals from the United Nations.

Accompanying the Christmas message in this year's card is a photograph of Mr and Mrs Higgins, surrounded by lanterns and standing on the steps of Áras an Uachtaráin last April when they took part in Shine Your Light community event.


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