Political presidency no job for this lady of principle
Rita Childers, who died last week aged 95, almost became Ireland's first woman president, writes Liam Collins
Published 16/05/2010 | 05:00
RITA Childers who died last week almost became Ireland's first woman president.
The glamorous second wife of President Erskine Childers was seriously considered for the presidency herself -- but felt she was let down after initially being considered as an agreed candidate for the office.
She had offered herself as a "non-party" candidate in 1974, but some members of Fianna Fail believed that because her husband was clearly a Fianna Fail president his successor should also be identified with the party.