WITH the news that Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States, Irish people have been taking to social media to praise of their own - President Michael D Higgins.
Whether its his character, his personality, or his speeches, President Higgins has received a bucket-load of praise in the wake of the election.
As the people of Ireland have been saying... we're lucky to have "a nice man" as president.
7 yr old trying cheer me up: "At least he's not the President of us. Michael D Higgins is a nice man". Oh my heart. #PresidentTrump
— Róisín Ingle (@roisiningle) November 9, 2016
It's times like these that you appreciate Michael D Higgins a wee bit more
— Aoife (@aoifemolloy_) November 9, 2016
With that in mind, here are eight times people were grateful to have President Michael D Higgins as Ireland's head of state...
He'll queue for his own cash...
Ladies and gents I bring you Michael D Higgins waiting in line for an ATM .. Your welcome. pic.twitter.com/BnFqZBFzze
— cíara (@1DBeours) March 26, 2014
— Jason Keane (@JasonAKeane) September 16, 2016
He'll pose for a selfie...
Not one for selfies after games but you can't miss one with the president Michael D Higgins ☘☘ have a bit of that! pic.twitter.com/R2EeobeEZZ
— Jonathan Walters (@JonWalters19) November 16, 2015
He's photobombed a visitor to Áras an Uachtaráin while walking his dogs Shadow and Bród...
Only in Ireland...The Irish President & his dogs photobombing a guy outside the Áras ! pic.twitter.com/5EtfUTJV7i
— Jonathan Courtenay (@johnnycourtenay) March 22, 2016
He's rubbed shoulders with some famous faces - and he's not afraid to show off the photo...
Can't even deal with Michael D. Higgins doing an interview in front of a photo of himself & Martin Sheen pic.twitter.com/n30dAaNU2r
— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) October 2, 2015
He was excited as the rest of the country when Ireland beat Italy during the Euros 2016...
He's been to Slane to see Bob Dylan perform in 1984, wearing sandals and an open shirt.
— Deric (@deric_tv) May 31, 2015
He saddled up on a BMX bike in a skate park...
He put an American pundit in his place on Irish radio...
Before he was President, Michael D Higgins was discussing President Obama's healthcare plan live on Irish radio, when the co-guest Michael Graham condemned the plan for healthcare for all.
Towards the end of the debate, President Higgins becomes impassioned and tells Graham, "At least 47 million people that the likes of you condemn to no healthcare [...] these people are going to have some healthcare."
"This is the issue," he says, "So therefore be proud to be a decent American, rather than a w***er whipping up fear."