Presidential campaign platform: by way of introduction
And the problems of our universities dropping in world rankings,
and the Ireland Vatican; Vatican Ireland relationship.
While my primary focus will be on 'Culture, Hospitality & Tourism' I will concurrently be also very actively applying my experiences, and knowledge to the Ireland Vatican; Vatican Ireland relationship, and to the alarming dropping of nearly all of our Irish Universities in world rankings according to the QS rankings report which came out this week. These will be two pressing issues for the ninth presidency of Ireland.
I have been a PhD candidate in Oriental Philosophy, and have spent six years 'inside' the Church. This is both a unique, and invaluable experience to be able to bring to the presidency, and to the Irish people at this time in our history: in our hour of need. In addition, I have had the experience of having lived abroad for some nineteen years - thirteen years in the Confucian-Buddhist Far East, and six in the Muslim Middle East respectively. This has provided me with the necessary depth of international mindedness and experience required to be a very effective President of Ireland.
There is absolutely no need for the Government to even consider appointing an ambassador to the Vatican. The wise and pragmatic thing would be to close the embassy, and let the bureaucratic duties be carried out by the Irish Embassy to Italy which is also based in Rome. This would also amount to a substantial saving for the taxpayer. Have instead the President of Ireland be the spokesperson for the Government of Ireland and the Irish people. There is no need for a mediator between the Government of Ireland and the Irish people, and the Vatican. Let the President deal directly with the Vatican and the Vatican directly with the President. The more 'off world' mediators are introduced into this equation the greater the chances for procrastination and the burying away of the issues for decades. Rather there is a need to boldly set a precedent that will clearly show not alone to the Vatican, and the Irish people, but to the world at large just how serious we Irish take this breach of trust. We owe it to the victims, and to honest-to-goodness clergy and laity who continue to strive to live their calling according to the essence of the gospels. We are the lighters of candles rather than the diffusers of darkness.*
*This paragraphed was part inspired by an Irish Times article, dated - Saturday, July 16, 2011
"Closing embassy to the Vatican could save €2.4m - but at what cost?"
Note: [In the light of a broader understanding of the implications involved, I have in the meantime changed my mind, and now feel it would be more beneficial to let the embassy stay. What is paramount is the continuity of the direct relationship the two states have been having with each other down through the years, thereby affording them the greater opportunity to heal recent wounds and build a new trust.]
The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, and the Irish people will sleep soundly at night with knowing that there is a person in Áras an Uachtaráin who has the ability, the experience, the energy, and above all the love and passion for Ireland to tackle these pressing issues head on. My campaign platform: 'Culture, Hospitality & Tourism' ties in perfectly with overcoming those two imperative problems mentioned above. If these problems are tackled only from a political standpoint we will have a whole lot more to worry about in the years ahead than merely economic concerns.
A principled and patient president with a fine warm charismatic personality; an intellectual president - a happily married family president would certainly be able to work wonders in these areas.
As an advocate for the complete separation of State and Church, I would be making every effort to establish a new kind of trust (as opposed to restoring any kind of an old trust) between all faiths and the Irish People - in particular a new kind of trust between the Irish Catholic Church and the Irish people, and also the Roman Catholic Church and the Irish people.
Our Irish people are entitled to a fruitful, fragrant, and ever-refreshing relationship with all beliefs as well as to being comfortable with having no belief whatsoever should they choose to. My focus at all times will be on dynamically encouraging our people to live a quality cosmopolitan minded life in harmony with oneself and the natural beauty about, and with one's family, one's neighbours, our fellow citizens, and with all peoples of the world.
I will be dedicating my presidency to the cultivation of greater trust among my fellow citizens for each other and the citizens of the world based on pleasantness, goodness, and everyday little acts of kindness in all areas of society.
To be continued …
Richard Mc Sweeney - the Kingly son of Pleasantness
A breath of fresh air for Ireland n' the World