Michael D. Higgins

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Michael Daniel Higgins (Irish: Mícheál Dónal Ó hUigínn; born 18 April 1941) is an Irish politician, poet, broadcaster and sociologist who has been serving as the ninth president of Ireland since 2011. Entering national politics through the Labour Party, he served as a senator from 1973 to 1977 having been nominated by the Taoiseach. Elected in 1981 as a Teachta Dála (TD), he represented the Galway West constituency from 1981 to 1982 and 1987 to 2011. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael D. Higgins has received more than 4,000,894 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Michael D. Higgins is the 1,947th most popular politician (up from 2,374th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Ireland (up from 25th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Politician.

Michael D. Higgins is most famous for being the ninth President of Ireland, serving from 2011 to 2018. He was also a professor of law and government at University College Dublin, and served as a Teachta Dála (member of parliament) for Galway West from 1981 to 2011.

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Among politicians, Michael D. Higgins ranks 1,947 out of 19,576Before him are Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Francis, Duke of Anjou, Emperor Ruizong of Tang, Tekuder, and Mahmoud al-Zahar. After him are Nicolas Fouquet, Lapu-Lapu, Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, Britannicus, and Sophia Palaiologina.

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Among people born in 1941, Michael D. Higgins ranks 42Before him are Faye Dunaway, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Paul Simon, Nathalie Delon, Frank Farian, and Dennis Ritchie. After him are Ali Hassan al-Majid, Bobby Moore, Gheorghe Zamfir, Wolfgang Petersen, Art Garfunkel, and Princess Muna al-Hussein.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Michael D. Higgins ranks 21 out of 549Before him are Richard Harris (1930), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Anne Bonny (1702), John Scotus Eriugena (810), W. B. Yeats (1865), and Columbanus (540). After him are Laurence Sterne (1713), Enya (1961), Lola Montez (1821), Michael Collins (1890), Ernest Shackleton (1874), and James Ussher (1581).

Among POLITICIANS In Ireland

Among politicians born in Ireland, Michael D. Higgins ranks 3Before him are Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), and Edmund Burke (1729). After him are Michael Collins (1890), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Bertie Ahern (1951), Harald Gille (1103), George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Brian Cowen (1960), Mary Robinson (1944), Brian Boru (941), and Edmund the Martyr (841).