Lise Hand: Oh blessed is D among women -- he's the candidate with a gra for the mna
IT'S all Mary Robinson's fault. If she hadn't stood up on a stage on the night she wrestled the presidency from the grasp of the political patriarchs and proclaimed that she had been elected by Mna na hEireann, who "instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system," no candidate would have had to fret over What Women Think.
But now the voting intentions of that formidable grouping -- from ingenues to yummy mummies, from biddies to battleaxes -- are monitored with paranoid scrutiny.
So although there's little evidence that Mna na hEireann are on the march in this campaign -- the sisterhood are as undecided as the next man -- the two frontrunners are taking no chances.