We must all acknowledge and commend the enormous efforts of the people of Ireland are helping to protect our healthcare workers on the frontline, as well as those most at risk of serious illness in our communities – we’ve flattened the curve but we still have a way to go. To stay safe, and protect each other, we must hold firm.  It is true staying away from the people we love and the things we enjoy is not easy. But it’s us at our best – taking care of each other, supporting the people on the frontline and the people most at risk in communities all across the country. Holding firm for each other.

Protecting ourselves, the people we love and the people on the frontline is something we can only do together as a community.

The rainbow has become a symbol of hope around the world – a symbol of support for frontline workers and a symbol of hope for the future. We want to paint Ireland with rainbows over the next few weeks to lift our spirits and show our support for everyone who is protecting the health service and the people in our care.

May we be inspired by the words of our President Michael D. Higgins in a poem written in 1993 before anyone knew anything of Covid-19.

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