President Higgins to remain in hospital after experiencing 'mild transient weakness'

By Jonathan McCambridge, PA

President Michael D Higgins is to remain in hospital until Thursday while his blood pressure is monitored before returning to Aras an Uachtaráin.

Medical tests have shown that the President experienced a “mild transient weakness” and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr Higgins (82) was admitted to St James’s Hospital in Dublin on Thursday after feeling unwell.

A spokesperson for the President said he had completed all medical tests which had shown positive results.


The spokesperson added: “They have indicated no serious or long-term concerns for the President’s health.

“The tests have determined that the President experienced a mild transient weakness from which they expect him to make a full recovery.

“Following consultation with his medical team, President Higgins has agreed with their recommendation that he remain in hospital for an extra few days in order that they can monitor his blood pressure.

“He will return to Aras an Uachtaráin on Thursday.

“The President remains in excellent spirits and is continuing to carry out his constitutional duties.

“It is anticipated that he will proceed with a scheduled meeting with the Taoiseach at Aras an Uachtarain on Friday afternoon.

“While in hospital, the President is considering two pieces of legislation – the Local Government (Mayor of Limerick) and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2023 and the Social Welfare and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2023 – both of which are due for signature between tomorrow and Thursday.

“The President’s medical team have further advised that he put a limit on the extent of the public engagements which he undertakes over the coming weeks in order to facilitate the short period of recuperation that they have recommended.”