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Will Mr Tayto throw hat in ring?

The legacy left by the 'two Marys' has turned the Irish presidency into a hot potato for male candidates, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

IT'S ironic that Micheal Martin is under fire for failing to find the ideal candidate to back for the Irish presidency, when the entire country appears to be suffering from the same problem. At this stage, as we head towards September, it's becoming open season with so many hypothetical hats being tossed in to the ring that anyone gathering them up could make a killing by opening up a hat shop. (A hypothetical hat shop, at any rate).

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The latest name to be thrown up is Irish-American actor Martin Sheen, presumably on the grounds that anyone who can play a fictional US president on screen would have all the qualifications needed to do it for real in the Phoenix Park. A campaign for him has already started on Facebook, the place the nutters go on holiday when Twitter is full. Ray D'Arcy's radio show, meanwhile, has been flying a flag for Miriam O'Callaghan. All we need now is for Mr Tayto and Bosco to announce their candidacy and the rot would be complete.

And it might just be an appropriate development too, since the presidency has, if we're honest, become a rather silly job.

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