Monday 5 December 2016

How we treat the less fortunate is the litmus test of European civilisation

It's reassuring to learn from the latest poll that the Irish people are in no mood to gloat over the plight of the Greeks

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

'If Joan Burton is serious about winning the support of that symbolic young stay-at-home mum to whom the party has started referring, cringeworthily, as
'If Joan Burton is serious about winning the support of that symbolic young stay-at-home mum to whom the party has started referring, cringeworthily, as "Ashbourne Annie", it should give her pause that middle Ireland isn't making the same neat distinction between Greeks and their government'

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart, said Yeats. So has it happened in our case, after having been put through the wringer by Europe following the collapse of our economy?

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In making so many painful compromises in the name of recovery, have we lost the ability to empathise with others who are now going through the same ordeal?

Thankfully, the results of the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll suggest not. Only three in 10 voters agree with the Irish Government's tough stance during the Greek bailout negotiations.

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