President Higgins’ wife reignited controversy today by pointing out that Ireland had not elected her twice, to be ‘silent’. Sabina Coyne-Higgins said she was a long-standing columnist on the influential and popular website, MyPresidency.com for over a decade and was used to speaking her own mind under her pen name Mrs President.
Ms Coyne-Higgins most recent column criticised an Irish Times editorial that hadn’t encouraged any peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. Her piece also failed to name Russia as the aggressor. The column stirred a great deal of controversy for appearing to attack the government’s stance on Ukraine. “I’m fully entitled to write for the site in my capacity as a private citizen,” she added, “in between representing the country at official engagements, alongside my husband.”
Ms Coyne-Higgins said she was “saddened and dismayed to think that anyone could wilfully misrepresent the fine line that I have to tread between those two very different roles”.