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Maurice Hayes: National identity central to new presidency

Published 31/10/2011 | 05:00

AFTER 21 years in the care of two outstanding women presidents, the office is assuredly safe in the hands of Michael D Higgins, after a campaign of unprecedented asperity and swings of fortune in which he kept his head when all around were losing theirs.

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An erudite, civilised and articulate man with respect for the responsibilities of the post and the limitations imposed by the Constitution, he will fulfil the requirements of the role with dignity and grace and not a little charm.

Apart from his personal qualities, he has won out in what was an examination of character and personality rather than an assessment of competing policies.

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