Saturday 24 June 2017

The Presidency is indeed just a country for old men

The interest of two Labour luminaries in the Presidency is mystifying, writes John-Paul McCarthy

THOUGH the Labour Party continues its impressive gallop in the polls, the party's apparent fixation on the Presidency suggests that it still thinks like an opposition party.

Two of Labour's heavyweights have indicated their interest in serving a term in the Aras, and have begun the somewhat excruciating process of explaining their 'vision' for Ireland's most curious public office.

Some of the public statements made by Michael D Higgins and Fergus Finlay suggest some fundamental misunderstanding about what the presidency is actually for.

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