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We need President who has wisdom and compassion to heal old wounds


We need a President who we can trust will offer us a broad, encompassing vision of a shared future on the island of Ireland. Stock image
We need a President who we can trust will offer us a broad, encompassing vision of a shared future on the island of Ireland. Stock image

For far too long, we have suffered in Ireland from a regrettable tendency to read history backwards, to argue endlessly about what should have been done, by whom, and to what ends. Pointless activity, of course, draining away energies that would be better devoted to answering the only question that matters in the living moment: What is to be done?

We have cause to be grateful that the State commemoration of the 1916 Rising was both wholehearted and dignified, forward-looking in its inclusiveness, properly grateful to the sacrifice and the generosity of vision of those who stood out for Ireland in that fateful Easter week. That the commemorations created a space to acknowledge also the sincerity of those who gave their lives on the high seas and on the Western Front for a different path towards a free Ireland was both generous and correct.

In setting the tone for that commemoration, both Government and President rose to the occasion; now both must rise to the challenge of more difficult oncoming commemorations.

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