Saturday 10 December 2016

President makes clear contribution to debate

Published 17/09/2016 | 02:30

'His case for availing of cheap money to relieve severe pressures on public services – especially on housing and health – are also convincing, but only up to a point.' Picture: Steve Humphreys
'His case for availing of cheap money to relieve severe pressures on public services – especially on housing and health – are also convincing, but only up to a point.' Picture: Steve Humphreys

The singer and social activist Pete Seeger - an ardent advocate of the uncomplicated - used to say: "Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple."

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That's why the refreshingly clear and honest views on society, the economy, and the need not to allow ourselves go on auto-pilot under the hegemony of Brussels, as expressed by President Higgins, are welcome.

As is his wont, Mr Higgins is adding his own dimension to the Presidency, which has been evolving dramatically since first Mary Robinson and then Mary McAleese began pushing out the boundaries.

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