President predicts return to prosperity
IRELAND must learn from its mistakes and be chastened by the ravages of selfish individualism, President McAleese said yesterday.
There was a need for a fresh new communal concern, she said.
"In time, with a great deal of effort and commitment, our country will return to prosperity, with the vast majority of people back at work and with public finances restored to good health," she added.
The president was speaking at Dublin's Mount Anville secondary school, where a new programme was launched to help guide the new lay education trusts running the school in applying the values that underpinned the foundation of Sacred Heart schools.
The programme is geared to promoting social awareness in students.
Chairperson of the Sacred Heart Schools Network Margaret Martin said that as Catholic education adopted to the challenges of changing society, the Sacred Heart schools were committed to ensuring that the faith and values that underpinned their schools were not lost.