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Letters: President needs to give more direction on his ethics crusade

Published 28/06/2014 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins

It is hard to discern what outcomes President Michael D Higgins is seeking to derive from his Ethics Initiative (Irish Independent, June 26). Does he consider that Irish society, as a whole, is morally bankrupt and in need of radical reform? Should citizens 'unlearn' the customs and habits of generations? That is a tall order.

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A difficulty with his initiative is that he has yet to define what his concept of ethics is. He has suggested the Irish people have moved past the phase of anger and recrimination following the financial crisis, despite the fact that no-one has been held accountable.

Does he consider that ethics are derived from emotion and sentiment?

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