Our president Michael D. Higgins showed great understanding and empathy with the challenges facing island communities in his address at the garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin, last Tuesday. Gráinne Ní Chonghaile and Amanda Browne got a chance to have a quick chat with the President during which he showed great knowledge and interest in the work of the AranLIFE project.
Léirigh ár Uachtarán Míchéal D. Ó hUiginn an-tuiscint agus bá do na dúshláin a thugann pobail oileán aghaidh orthu ina óráid ag an Cóisir sa Ghairdín ag Áras an Uachtaráin an tseachtain seo caite. Bhí deis ag Gráinne Ní Chonghaile agus Amanda Browne comhrá scioptha a bheith acu leis an t-Uachtarán agus léirigh sé an-eolas agus suim san obair a dhéanann togra AranLIFE.
'I suggest, a chairde, that we should build on the profusion of initiatives, public and private, which already contribute to sustaining and strengthening our island communities, so as to craft, together, a generous and daring vision for the future of our islands.
I am thinking of projects such as the EU funded “Aran Life” on the three Aran islands, where farming communities are known to have lived for over 4,000 years. Such projects, more than mere conservation enterprises, are the future of sustainable communities. A future which will draw on new and responsible cross-fertilisations between our natural environment, science and local knowledge.'