Tuesday 17 January 2017

The real green shoots of recovery

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

Spectators enjoying the St Patrick’s Day street parade in New York. Reuters
Spectators enjoying the St Patrick’s Day street parade in New York. Reuters

* The national day is almost upon us. Some time ago I was overseas for March 17 and through the fog of green beer and tinsel shamrocks, I began to wonder about what would make Ireland a better place.

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As a little fella, I was taught to say hello to everyone; I was told not to look on people as a means to an end, not stepping stones to be jumped on for advancement, but as brothers and sisters in a bigger family.

Naive, wimpish twaddle, many will agree... especially in a world where self-esteem is measured by bank balances, the car you drive or where you live.

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