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A Christmas Message from the Irish President

Mary McAleese - Image courtesy RTE.ie

A few days ago, Irish President Mary McAleese recorded her yearly Christmas message.  In this year’s message, she talks about the issues with Ireland’s economy and her continued hope for recovery.  You can also find a link to the video of her address on the RTE website.

“I send warmest Christmas and New Year greetings to each member of Ireland’s family and to all our friends around the world.

At this time of year, exiles return and families gather, glad to see one another. Conversation will doubtless turn to Ireland’s economic problems that are dominating the headlines everywhere and which have brought hardship and heartache into many a home. Our people face a painful economic recovery and, understandably, ask questions about what led to our current difficulties. They wonder how long it will take to get through this crisis and what must be done to prevent it from recurring.

Mustering the self belief and determination that will reinvigorate our country psychologically and economically is now an imperative. Ireland and her people are worth much, much more than to be defined by this economic crisis. Our history has given us resilience in the face of adversity and maybe it’s time to remind ourselves that we do indeed have many strengths to help us on the journey ahead.

Ireland enjoys a dynamic community life sustained by a modern “meitheal” of good neighbourliness, solidarity and volunteer generosity.

We are a people rich in imagination, creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.

We have a strong business sector, including world class companies that choose to locate in Ireland and indigenous enterprises that are doing very well in export markets.

We have the gift of peace that has already transformed life on our shared island and which has huge untapped potential.

We have an extraordinarily loyal global Irish family whose goodwill and experience is an extensive and enduring resource.

We have men and women of great ability across the arts, humanities, sciences, technologies, sports and development aid sectors, whose genius enhances Irish life and Ireland’s international reputation.

Above all, we have a talented and ambitious cohort of young people who deserve the gifts of confidence in their future and pride in their country.

That confidence and pride will be generated by what we choose to do today and tomorrow to make Ireland the successful, forward looking and egalitarian country it has the desire and the capacity to be.

I wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas and a New Year of renewed hope and faith in Ireland’s future.”

We also hope you have had a wonderful holiday. Our prayer is that 2011 is a more joyful and prosperous year for one and all!

Posted in Uncategorized 7 years, 1 month ago at 5:50 pm.

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