President's challenge to voters is proof he's far more than a mere ribbon-cutter
Nothing could be simpler than converting the Áras into an ivory tower. The infrastructure is in place already, from the time when presidents were content to be silent figureheads.
Once in a while, the drawbridge was lowered for them to cut a few ribbons, and they were always on hand to safeguard the Constitution or dissolve the Dáil.
But - important though a constitutional protector is - they had no meaningful role to play in Irish life beyond that.