Friday 23 February 2018

Higgins gently pushes the boundaries of his office with public discussion on ethics

Michael D. Higgins.
Michael D. Higgins.

Once more unto the "ethical" breach then for President Michael D Higgins. Only this time, it would seem, a little more gingerly. The President returned to his "Ethics Initiative" in remarks delivered at a specially hosted garden party at the Aras yesterday.

His previous foray into this territory last September had caused quite a bit of controversy, amid accusations that the President was being ideological and one-sided.

These latest comments were a lot more careful. His September speech, entitled 'Toward an Ethical Economy', had – his critics said – exclusively extolled left-of-centre thinkers and resorted to name calling by the use of the label "neoliberal".

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