It was a great honour for me and my co-author, James Kennelly, to spend time yesterday morning at Áras an Uachtaráin where we presented President Michael D. Higgins with a copy of our book Gombeens at the Gate.
We were thrilled that President Higgins spent over an hour of his most valuable time discussing the contents of the book with us over coffee. James and I enjoyed very much our discussion with the President, especially since it offered us a wonderful opportunity to hear his own perspectives on a range of issues on Irish development we discuss in our book.
Ba mhór an onóir do James and mé féin am an-luachmar mar é a chaitheamh i dteannta Uachtaráin na hÉirinn. Bhain an beirt againn an-pléisiúr ar fad as an gcomhrá, agus ag éisteacht ach go háirithe le tuairimí an Uachtaráin maidir leis na cúrsaí atá á phlé againn sa leabhar.