Saturday October 31, 2020

A bright day overshadowed by never-ending gloom

With the government planning further cuts to public expenditure, reform has become a weasel word to mask cruelty towards the poor, writes Browne after the election of Michael D Higgins, and ahead of Budget 2012.

30th July, 2017
Newly-elected President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina greet crowds after his inauguration in late 2011 PA

Maybe, in seven years’ time, we will reflect on a bright moment on a dreary November day, when a new president offered a ray of joy and hope that illuminated our otherwise dark perspectives.

That ray of joy and hope spoke of solidarity, of a people who grasp the deep meaning of the proverb “ní neart go cur le chéile”. It spoke about an inclusive citizenship where every citizen participates, and everyone is treated...

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