President Higgins to stay in hospital until Thursday

Test results on head of state show ‘no serious or long-term concerns’ after he took ill last week

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President Michael D Higgins is remaining in hospital to allow blood pressure to be monitored. PICTURE: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA

President Michael D Higgins is to remain in hospital until Thursday but is “excellent spirits” after positive test results, it has been claimed.

The 82-year-old took ill last Thursday evening and was brought to St James’s Hospital in Dublin.

It was speculated that Mr Higgins could have been released the following day, but was kept in as a precaution.

Now a statement from Áras an Uachtaráin has confirmed he will remain under supervision at St James’ for another few days.

Speaking of test results, all of which have been “positive”, a spokesperson said: “They have indicated no serious or long-term concerns for the President’s health.

“The tests have determined that the President experienced a mild transient weakness from which they expect him to make a full recovery.

“Following consultation with his medical team, President Higgins has agreed with their recommendation that he remain in hospital for an extra few days in order that they can monitor his blood pressure. He will return to Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday.

The statement added: “The President remains in excellent spirits and is continuing to carry out his constitutional duties. It is anticipated that he will proceed with a scheduled meeting with the Taoiseach at Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday afternoon.”

The spokesperson said Mr Higgins will sign two pieces of legislation while in hospital, but said he would limit his public engagements in the coming weeks to enable a recommended “short period of recuperation”.