President Higgins To Undergo E...


President Higgins To Undergo Elective Back Surgery

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President Michael D Higgins is set to undergo surgery to reduce his back pain today

The 82-year-old will complete a "short rehabilitation programme" following the elective procedure.

A statement from Áras an Uachtaráin said the President has been planning to get this medical procedure “for some time”. 

“[It’s] ahead of a busy autumn schedule, including a number of planned engagements overseas, and following the completion of a substantial programme over the first half of the year,” it said. 

While he recovers, the 82-year-old will carry out all duties, including consideration of legislation, from Áras an Uachtaráin and from his home in Galway. 

“It is anticipated that the President will carry out a reduced number of public engagements over the remaining weeks of the summer while he completes a short rehabilitation programme,” the statement said. 

“He will be preparing speeches for the autumn engagements and continuing to fulfil his constitutional duties.” 

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