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EU hope

Published 04/01/2013 | 05:00

• Michael Brennan reported on the beginning of the Irish EU Presidency ('Enda Kenny promises 2013 will be a year of new hope', January 1).

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of our entry into the EU. The presidency reminds us that our prosperity depends on international co-operation and global stability. For this reason, we must take the opportunity of the presidency to champion progress toward a fairer, more stable international community.

Our presidency coincides with the European Year of the Citizen, a year to celebrate the role of 'people power' in shaping a fairer Ireland, Europe and global community.

It is good to see the Irish Independent covers issues relating to the presidency, and the important choices that European governments – and citizens – will have to make in the next few months. For only an informed and empowered citizenry can shape the forces of globalisation.

Hans Zomer
Director of Dochas, Baggot St, Dublin

Irish Independent

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