*From the opposition benches, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams expressed his sadness at the death of the long-time president saying that he had worked “tirelessly” to improve the lives of Venezuelan citizens.
“He dedicated himself to building a new and radical society in Venezuela,” Adams said.
His progressive social and economic changes took millions out of poverty. He extended free health care and education for all citizens and his re-election last year with a huge majority was testimony to his vision.”
Adams said that the “energetic and enthusiastic leader” will be “greatly missed.”*
At least Michael D Higgins is a figurehead.
These lads loved a good ol Latin American despot that impoverished a nation.