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This man’s quest to find out about Michael D’s mysterious dog led to a lovely letter from the Áras

He’s “notoriously difficult to photograph as he is always moving”.

AH, MICHAEL D and his dogs.

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His Bernese Mountain dogs called Bród and Síóda are lovable features of so many Áras events, but back in August Irish Twitter user Rajiv – who goes by @jiffington - was looking on the official Presidential website when he came upon a startling discovery.

In the FAQ section of, it talked about an additional Labrador called Fred – who never shows up in any photos, even though he “lives at Áras an Uachtaráin”.

Rajiv decided to write a letter to President Higgins to find out more info about this mysterious Fred

jiffi Source: @/jiffington

This was the full letter sent to the Áras

mrpresident Source: @jiffington

Basically: we need more info on Fred, given there’s zero photographic evidence.

Today, Rajiv received a full response on the matter from the President’s secretary

mrpresident2 Source: @jiffington

In it, we discovered:

  • Fred is a golden Labrador who was rescued from a dogs home a number of years ago
  • He spends his days patrolling the grounds of the Áras with members of An Garda Síochána
  • He’s a “very happy and friendly dog”
  • He’s “notoriously difficult to photograph as he is always moving”


Also enclosed was an autographed photo of Michael D

mrpresident3 Source: @jiffington

The mystery of Fred has been solved.

All we need now is a photo.

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