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A new Irish Thinks/Irish Mail on Sunday poll published yesterday revealed that 81 percent of respondents supported the decision by President Higgins not to go.

Just 13 per cent of respondents said he should have accepted the invitation, with five percent of respondents saying the 'don't know'.

The poll also revealed that President Higgins is currently the most popular public figure in Ireland with a satisfaction rating of 7.3.

The president has faced criticism from unionists for declining to join the service, which is expected to be attended by Queen Elizabeth along with political leaders.

The event is Titled 'Service of Reflection and Hope, to mark the Centenary of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland'.

President Higgins said the title of the service, which will take place in Armagh's Church of Ireland cathedral, "isn't a neutral statement politically".

The president has defended his decision not to attend.

He came under fire from unionist last week with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson asking whether the decision was politically motivated as a consequence of advice from the Dublin government.

It has denied that it influenced the president's move.

President Higgins later challenged the DUP criticism and SDLP MP Claire Hanna yesterday accused some unionist politicians of exploiting the public spat, saying he has "walked the walk" on reconciliation and north-south matters.



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