A Fianna Fáil senator has called on President Michael D. Higgins to resign unless he apologizes for a controversial letter from his wife Sabina.
Days of mounting pressure follow over Sabina Higgins’ comment on the Russian invasion of Ukraine published in the Irish Times and on the President’s official website.
In the letter, Ms Higgins said fighting would continue until the world “convinces Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to agree to a ceasefire and negotiations.”
Louth Senator Erin McGreehan said the President “didn’t respect Ireland” and should “at the very least” apologize.
“An Uachtaráin disregarded our nation and the presidency when he published his wife’s letter—at least [sic] he needs to apologize and if he doesn’t he should definitely reconsider his position,” she said.
The letter was later removed from the website and in recent days President Higgins issued a statement reaffirming his support for Ukraine.
However, the statement made no reference to his wife’s letter
Kateryna Yushchenko, a former First Lady of Ukraine, said she was “sad and surprised” by Ms. Higgins’ letter and that it “does not recognize the existential situation Ukraine is in”.
Senior government sources described Ms Higgins’ intervention as “insane” and said her comments “backfired” on her and her husband.
Ukraine MP Kira Rudik criticized Ms Higgins’ comments, saying it was easy for her to speak out unless her country was under attack.
Ms Rudik said views like those expressed in Ms Higgins’ letter were “extremely dangerous”, adding: “What the letter says is ‘let’s make peace’ so we will allow the tyrant to allow the aggressive country get away with what you did…”
https://www.independent.ie/news/fianna-fail-senator-calls-on-president-to-apologise-for-his-wifes-letter-on-russian-invasion-of-ukraine-or-to-resign-41884193.html Fianna Fáil Erin McGreehan, Senator, Calls on President Michael D. Higgins to Apologize or Resign for His Wife Sabina’s Letter Regarding the Russian Invasion of Ukraine