John Drennan: Majority call for Mary to stay on in Aras
David Norris still way ahead of other runners
Published 29/05/2011 | 05:00
A majority of people would like to see the law changed to allow Mary McAleese serve as president for a third term, in the wake of the high-profile visits of Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama.
"When you have someone so suited to the role, it does seem a shame she can't keep going just because of a technicality," said one respondent to a Sunday Independent /Quantum Research poll, which found that 54 per cent approved of changing the law that forbids a president from serving more than two terms.
However, 46 per cent disagreed, with one saying: "It's only during the visits of Queen Elizabeth and Barack Obama that this obsession began with her presidency."