Tuesday 6 December 2016

Higgins heralds a new era where we can dare to hope

Published 12/11/2011 | 05:00

Gusts of gale-swept rain lashed against Dublin Castle, but so too the winds of change blew within its grey-stone walls yesterday, whistling through the elegant ceremonial hall as the ninth President of Ireland spoke of his hopes and our dreams.

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"Every age, after all, must have its own Aisling and dream of a better, kinder, happier, shared world," declared Michael D Higgins, minutes after he had made the declaration and tightly clasped the burnished silver seal of office.

It's a storm-battered nation to which he has just pledged to dedicate the next seven years of his life -- one buffeted and crushed by economic tempests at home and abroad.

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