Sunday 4 December 2016

It's time to re-imagine this nation

Published 14/07/2011 | 05:00

Often, we hear talk about the need to reinvent Ireland. I don't see how that's possible. We can't scrap everything and begin again from scratch -- there's no going back to the drawing board as if Ireland was a car designed without a steering wheel, balanced on square wheels instead of round. But our country can be re-imagined.

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By this, I mean we can set goals and use them to redefine the calibre of culture we live in. We ought to take an unsentimental, impartial look at what exists now -- a Colm McCarthy-style assessment of society and its institutions, dealing not with finances but fitness for purpose and the attainability of objectives -- and then we should have another crack at it.

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better," as Beckett put it.

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