In the Irish Times Former Irish President Mary McAleese urges Ireland to show kindness to strangers and speaks of ‘cowardly’ bishops.
|By Patsy McGarry|
Former president Mary McAleese has said it bothers her greatly to see people who are strangers to Ireland treated in ways that are contrary “to the ethic of our country and our people”.
Without specific reference to protests against accommodating asylum seekers in Achill, Ballinamore, and Oughterard, she spoke on Saturday of people who had to leave their homes and:
suddenly they have nowhere, and nothing. And now they rely on the kindness of strangers … My God tells me I have to be the stranger who is kind. That simple . . . it bothers me greatly finding that [in] a country that I’m so proud of, that sometimes people are not experiencing the kindness that I know is the ethic of our country and our people.
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