Monday 26 June 2017

Crowded field makes winning Presidency no walk in Park

A raft of independents, Fine Gael infighting and a wary FF mean an unpredictable outcome, says Maeve Sheehan

A DAMAGING scandal; hints of sinister doings; intense party rivalry, an outsider parachuted in; and the surprise candidate. They are the ingredients not of a political pot boiler, but the campaign for Ireland's presidency.

Not a single candidate has been formally nominated, but the race for the Aras is already gathering momentum.

In the next four weeks, the main political parties will have chosen their nominees and the county councils should have established by then which of the independents they are backing. (Independent candidates need either 20 Oireachtas members or four county councils to nominate them for the presidency.)

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