Sunday 4 December 2016

Bruce Arnold: Top three candidates still have questions to answer

Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00

The presidential candidates met 200 young people at the 'Youth Rising' forum organised by Spunout.ie, the National Youth Organisation, yesterday
The presidential candidates met 200 young people at the 'Youth Rising' forum organised by Spunout.ie, the National Youth Organisation, yesterday

THE Irish public should have serious misgivings about the electoral credentials of the leading presidential candidates who have either misled voters about their political backgrounds or allegiances, downgraded major aspects of their political views and attitudes or, in the case of Martin McGuinness, rejected responsibility for terrorist atrocities.

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These urgent and immediate issues face us in the final 10 days. They concern the levels of truthfulness, transparency and, especially, trustworthiness that should define anyone worthy of election.

I will run through the leading candidates in order of opinion-poll preference as published yesterday in the 'Sunday Business Post', beginning with Sean Gallagher. (Michael D Higgins headed one Sunday paper poll.)

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