President hosts New Year’s Reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps
We can never afford to forget that peace, prosperity and equality are fundamentally based on justice. Our republic is, of course, a work in progress and the freedoms we have been
gifted by it are moral and ethical obligations for each successive
generation. And they, in turn, pose profound questions, about fairness and inclusiveness. And may I suggest to you, likewise, 2017 might be the year in which we, the
members of the United Nations, recommit ourselves to honouring in full the pledges
made in the UN Charter. We can open a dialogue with
the ‘cos muintir’ of the world, ‘la gente de la base’, the excluded, the disappointed, the angry.
Above all we cannot abandon those excluded, confused, to the predatory abuse of those
who seek the exploitation of difference – Difference of race, ethnicity, culture or
gender. There can be no room for such abuse. We have in Europe and elsewhere
experienced the consequences of that already. We, as peoples, as Heads of State or Diplomats,
cannot ignore the agony of humanity that cries out to us for belief in the capacity of the human spirit to feel, imagine and create –
what I call a civilisation of sufficiency.
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