"The Tibetan religious leader, the Dalai Lama, has said Irish people must work with self confidence and co-operation to get out of our economic troubles.
Commenting on Ireland's economic woes, he said individuals who totally relied on money for their happiness really suffered during an economic crisis, compared to those for example with a happy family life.
He said people put too much emphasis on external values, and not enough on inner values, which brings inner strength.
He said Irish people must work with self confidence and co-operation to get out of our economic troubles.
However, when asked if Irish people should forgive bankers and politicians responsible for the difficulties, the Dalai Lama said while forgiveness doesn't mean you forget, people should not hold onto anger and hatred.
The Dalai Lama called for closer ties between Christian churches in Ireland.
On a visit to Kildare town this afternoon, the exiled Buddhist leader said it would be wrong to generalise about Catholic clergy following recent sex abuse scandals.
In Kildare, he was presented with a St Brigid's Cross and a St Brigid's Flame - the symbols of Kildare's spiritual heritage and of justice and peace.
Well-known uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn performed 'Tabhair Dom do Lámh' as the Dalai Lama walked the short distance to St Brigid's Cathedral where is saying private prayers."