Thursday 30 March 2017

Highlights from 'On the Importance of Ethics'

President Michael D Higgins who launched 'On the importance of Ethics' A report on the President's Ethics Initiative at Aras an Uachtarain with Irish Independent Environment Editor, Paul Melia.
Pic:Mark Condren
President Michael D Higgins who launched 'On the importance of Ethics' A report on the President's Ethics Initiative at Aras an Uachtarain with Irish Independent Environment Editor, Paul Melia. Pic:Mark Condren
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

1. Ireland is an ethical society, but there is no longer a single moral authority or single set of values that are widely held. This means there must be a renewed focus on the "common good".

2. There is an overreliance on regulation in the financial and business spheres. This can result in individuals following the rules, but acting immorally and not in the spirit of the morality that underpins regulations.

3. The introduction of philosophy in the near future in the junior cycle in schools is welcomed, but economic theory must also be taught.

4. Media plays a vital role in communicating about ethics, but its role is not always positive and there can be "systematic bias".

5. Feminist values should be at the heart of discussions around equality, diversity and difference.

6. There needs to be a refocusing on how civic and human rights are taught in schools, away from entitlements and towards respecting the rights of others.

7. A declaration of Irish citizens' values should be developed this year in line with the ideals expressed in the Proclamation of Independence.

8. There is a need to have more open debate about what makes an ethical society which cannot be confined to academia. Opportunities for citizen discussion must be created.

Irish Independent

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