About The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative

On his inauguration, President Higgins said that his would be a “Presidency of ideas – recognising and open to new paradigms of thought and action” and that he would seek to develop a public discourse that places human flourishing and an ethic of active citizenship at its heart.

To this end, since November 2013 President Higgins has been working with third level bodies and NGOs across the island of Ireland to create a programme of over 50 nationwide events aimed at stimulating discussion and debate on ethical themes, questions and concerns.

One of the recurring themes for debate has been the question as to what constitutes ethical work, and the role of work as an essential element in full participation in society. The President is therefore delighted that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has launched its own project, “What does an Ethical Workplace mean to you?” aimed at gathering workers’ voices on the role of work as a component of ethical societies and the role of ethics in work itself. Given Ireland’s recent history as well as European and global developments, it is most timely to explore the contemporary contribution and meaning of work and the definition of the ethical workplace. President Higgins sets out his own views on this theme in the Edward Phelan Lecture entitled "The Future of Work" on 26th February 2015.

The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative follows the President’s Being Young and Irish youth engagement project and is the second in a series of public seminars and reflections that President Higgins intends to hold during his term in Office. The initiative is due to culminate with a national seminar at Áras an Uachtaráin in Spring 2015

For further information on the Presidency of Michael D. Higgins visit http://www.president.ie/.