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A coming of age for Michael D

Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00

The president-elect, 70-year-old Michael D Higgins, has shown that age is no barrier
The president-elect, 70-year-old Michael D Higgins, has shown that age is no barrier

•Michael D, our new president-elect, has said that he will work with head and heart to help create a new Ireland based on social inclusiveness.

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When asked what the most challenging aspect of the campaign was, he replied that it was a prevailing attitude of ageism. It is true to say that ageism was palpable and much was made of it to attack Michael D's campaign. Our president-elect wants to move to a new Ireland of equality, respect and participation in an act of citizenship.

This must include young and old. Age is not, and should not, be a barrier to making a contribution to our country -- economically, socially and culturally. It should be borne in mind by the youth of today that we will have to work to at least 68 years of age.

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