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Liz O’Donnell: Our generosity to the less fortunate marks us out on the global stage

Liz O’Donnell

Published 26/12/2012 | 17:00

GIVEN the state of the nation, it's not surprising that politics and observing it is a toxic business. Anger has become a constant theme in print and broadcast media. From early morning we are fed a diet of grievance on the airwaves. Small wonder so many people are switching to the relative happy valley of Lyric FM.

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But Christmas is the one time when there is a break from this daily grind. For a change, there is an opportunity for reflection to replace argument and criticism. Too much negativity is bad for the national psyche and at this time of goodwill we are entitled to reflect on what is good and noble about Irish people.

This occurred to me when I watched loving Irish families welcoming 60 orphans and poor children from Belarus for a two-week holiday. But there are so many thousands of volunteers like them working with the homeless, the elderly and the vulnerable this Christmas and right through the year. This Irish humanitarian instinct to help others shows no sign of waning in difficult times.

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