Monday 5 December 2016

Real sense of nastiness pervades this election

Published 22/10/2011 | 05:00

What a nasty little campaign this has descended into. Let's hope that whoever is elected feels like serving a second seven-year term because you'd need to be a lunatic to put yourself forward for our presidency.

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My instinct now when I turn on the television or the radio and hear one of the seven candidates get a grilling is to hit the "off" button. On a human level, I wonder how the five who appear to be without a chance of getting elected actually get out of bed in the morning, let alone go out canvassing and face the same questions again and again from the media.

We all know by now that Sean Gallagher has FF links; that Martin McGuinness, in all likelihood, did not leave the IRA in 1974; that Mary Davis was fond of serving on state boards; that David Norris was driven to use his position as a senator to try to influence Israeli court cases; that Dana had a spectacular fallout with her family; and that Michael D looks every bit of his 70 years.

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