Saturday 24 June 2017

President's timely message of hope shows us a way forward

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Ireland’s unsung heroes, the ordinary, decent citizens on whose fortitude the future depends.
President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Ireland’s unsung heroes, the ordinary, decent citizens on whose fortitude the future depends.

"This week, voices from the past have been heard which serve to highlight behaviours and attitudes at the very root of that failed economic model. They do not make for easy listening.

"But let us be certain of one thing: these are not the voices of the people of Ireland; the attitudes they reveal are not shared by the people of Ireland; the behaviours they reflect are not characteristic of the people of Ireland."

THE above words from President Michael D Higgins yesterday are worth reading again and again. They are worth taking seriously on board. They contain an important road map for the way forward for this country at a time when the people are very bruised and in danger of descending into an excess of self-loathing. The legacy of the banking collapse is about huge volumes of debt being loaded on to Irish taxpayers.

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