Celebrate good times...but do your bit for change
IF President Michael D Higgins could offer one piece of advice to the ladies and gentlemen of the class of 2012 . . . it would be to celebrate life.
The President was getting down with the young folk on the sunbaked lawn of Aras an Uachtarain yesterday.
He invited them to offer up their vision for Ireland's future by taking part in countrywide seminars.
The 71-year-old urged the schoolgoers and college students to help direct change in their country.
Asked if he had one piece of advice for the new generation, the President said: "It would be (to) be positive, be generous, be inclusive, listen to others, respect the view of others but above all else know that everything can change and you can be part of the change."
The President, who has changed his own vote from Galway to Dublin in advance of next week's referendum, urged those over the legal age to make their mark on the ballot paper.
"Young people are not apathetic," he said, as he urged people to pen songs, poems, letters or create videos to open up a national discussion on what 'Being young and Irish' means.
Young Irish people aged between 17 and 26 living in Ireland and abroad are being asked to submit their vision for Ireland online at www.president.ie or by post to Aras an Uachtarain before September 29.
The President will host a number of regional workshops on the topic, before a final seminar in the Aras later this year and the report will then be delivered to state bodies and departments.