President - representing the people
The President represents all the people of Ireland. He or she makes State visits abroad and also receives other Heads of State on visits to Ireland at the official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin. The President plays an active role in promoting Ireland's image and role in the international arena. The current President of Ireland is Michael D. Higgins.
At home, the President undertakes a wide range of public engagements, attending conferences and meetings, both formal and informal, throughout the island of Ireland.
The President also oversees the President's Award.