On this my last day as the eighth President of Ireland I want to thank the Irish people for the trust they first placed in me 14 years ago and to offer my warmest good wishes to Michael D Higgins as he prepares to become our ninth president. Back in 1997 both peace and prosperity were elusive ambitions. Today the once fraught relationships on this island and between Ireland and Great Britain have been transformed so that we have a stable peace for the first time in centuries. Regrettably the “rhyming” of peace and prosperity remains some distance away, for we have been hit with a massive economic retrenchment, a global recession and serious fiscal challenges within the euro zone.”
Mary McAleese’s farewell in the Irish Times this morning, blaming our troubles on the global downturn and neglecting to mention the damage caused by certain individuals in the picture above. Same old. Same old.