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David Quinn: Inclusive vision should carry a health warning

Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00

Our new President has set himself the task of helping to build a more 'inclusive' Ireland and who could possibly be against that?

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'Inclusive' is one of those words that is used interchangeably with other words of similar meaning like 'equality', 'tolerance', 'diversity'. These are the things we're all supposed to be in favour of now and only a fool or a knave would object to any of them.

Michael D Higgins envisages Ireland becoming a new kind of republic, one in which all its citizens can meaningfully participate and from which none will be excluded on grounds of sex or race or religion or disability or sexual orientation, or a lack of economic opportunity, a decent education or the right connections.

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