Message of Hope from Head Of State Michael D Higgins

May I use per as well as every one of you my hottest introductions and my want a satisfied and also serene Christmas for you all.

This last year has actually been a challenging one and for some greater than others.

Throughout this previous year we have actually once again been gotten in touch with to alter and adapt our lives as we remain to battle with the great global obstacle that is the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Your feedback has actually been one that showed courage, strength, patience and also a deep commitment to others. May I commemorate you all for your efforts. The successful roll-out of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program to people across the nation has allowed a sense of restored hope and opportunity to enter our lives, for which we can be deeply thankful.

I am, however, greatly knowledgeable about the numerous people who have shed enjoyed ones to Covid-19 throughout 2021, and might I include you my inmost sympathies at this tough time, when we remember them all.

This year Sabina and also I have selected, for our main Xmas card from Áras an Uachtaráin, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s representation of the Flight into Egypt. It represents a tale of a journey motivated by a wonderful will to safeguard others– a trip undertaken in terrific darkness but browsed in a spirit of trust and hope.

Click on link to listen to President Michael D Higgins’ Message to individuals of Ireland

All of you, in your lived daily lives, have been contacted to play your own part as we encountered the obstacle of Covid-19. It is a difficulty to which you have actually risen with dedication as well as generosity, making the sacrifices necessary to safeguard your loved ones and your fellow citizens. It has actually been heart-warming to witness every one of our individuals, throughout different generations, offering as well as supplying those expressions of uniformity, kindness, compassion as well as take care of others, and also to be offered the assurance that those values stay as a source of inspiration in the lives of our communities.

I am additionally, right now of Christmas, deeply mindful of the circumstances of much of our Irish abroad, and also of those also staying in Ireland whose family members are overseas, so many of whom have had to endure possibly uncomfortable as well as long splittings up, typically at times of terrific fear or distress. Might I take this opportunity to commemorate you for your forbearance as well as commitment, as well as guarantee you that your sacrifices for the better good have been greatly appreciated by the individuals of Ireland.

Today we are one more time in a period of modification, with new steps suitable to new conditions, as we intend to emerge from the Pandemic. From what we are going through together, along with the efforts we are sharing, I am certain that we will certainly have been constructing a better, shared future, one rooted in that spirit of unselfish citizenship that has been so visible in recent times.

The Pandemic has once more reminded us as well of how interconnected as well as interdependent in a worldwide sense we are; the duties, along with the advantages, that brings, of exactly how the top quality of

our response to that affiliation as well as connection matters, certainly will certainly impact our very survival together. Last month, world leaders met in Glasgow at the 2021 United Nations Environment Modification Meeting, to attend to the significantly immediate climate crisis. We are currently at a vital juncture in this fight, one that calls for purposeful and also essential change from all of us, in every facet of our lives, be it just how we create, behave or eat, if we are to restrict worldwide warming.

This is a challenge where we will once more be needed to play a selfless part, as we work to make the way of life modifications necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As global residents, we have to seek to involve and specify in new versions of living, bearing in mind that the substantial decisions which are being taken at seminar tables around the world should currently be equated right into altered behaviours in our every day lives if we are to secure our world, and also ensure it continues to be hospitable to existing as well as future generations.

Our new models of living, we need to not fail to remember, are much more than security. They supply a much better life in numerous methods. They invite us to better extra lasting, prospering, equal lives with each other, on a common planet.

At this time of year, in our communities and cities, as well as in our houses, as lights are lit, and we look for to illuminate the dark mid-winter days, and look forward to the light of springtime, allow us do so with a spirit of happiness as well as anticipation. Quickly the days will start to extend and also we will certainly enter a period of renewal and growth. As we move towards those brighter days, allow us remain committed to every various other, strengthen those worths which will also make certain that we will have a special regard for the susceptible. As we arise from this hard time allow us take confidence from the stamina that collaborating brings, that provides so much power to accomplish a better future on our shared as well as vulnerable world.

Once more, may I wish you a safe as well as Delighted Xmas, as well as a New Year of hope, pledge and also fulfilment.

Beir Beannacht

Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.

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