Real vision is needed, not election promises
Comments from President Michael D Higgins about the need to create a more ethical and inclusive society are to be welcomed in the run-up to the General Election.
In particular, his suggestion that all political parties must engage in long-term planning should be heeded.
For too long, the political class has promoted policies which appeal to the electorate in an election cycle, without taking a holistic view of what the country needs to enable it prosper in the longer term. If the mistakes of the recent past which brought this country to its knees are to be avoided in the future, the citizen must be afforded the opportunity to engage in real decision-making.