We are Ireland of the welcomes no more
Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30
Most decisions we make require a balance between the heart and the head, showing that one does not necessitate losing control of the other.
To date, our Government's handling of the humanitarian crisis which has spread from the centre of Syria to the centre of Europe runs the danger of being characterised as both headless and heartless. There is no index for human values, but Ireland of the 100,000 welcomes is being downgraded as numbers are tossed about, from 600 to 1,800, while the continent of which we are a part is convulsed by the greatest humanitarian crisis since the war.
Yesterday, President Michael D Higgins attempted to elicit a more compassionate response: "We have to decide at certain times in our life to do what is right and what is right is to come to the assistance of those who, like our own ancestors, were being lost in the sea of the Atlantic three generations ago," he said.