Tuesday 6 December 2016

Brian Hayes: A rising tide will lift all our boats

We must replace 'we are where we are' with realistic optimism as soon as we can, says Minister of State Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes

Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00

In 1959, on taking power at a bleak time in Irish history, Fianna Fail Taoiseach Sean Lemass noted that he believed "national progress of any kind depends largely on an upsurge of patriotism. . . diverted towards constructive purposes''.

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We live, in terms of national morale at least, in a similarly dark age.

But similar challenges can sometimes require slightly different responses. In our case whilst the giddy optimism of the final years of the Celtic Tiger may have turned out to be a mirage, the antidote to that exaggerated optimism will not be provided by the current overdose of pessimism.

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