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FG policymakers must do better

Published 01/03/2010 | 07:45

PLACED in a list of daunting issues for Irish politics and society, the length of the term served by the President might rank at about No 1,217. The minimum age for the holder of the office would not rank any higher.

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Yet the best brains of the Fine Gael party have taken time to study these questions, and are expected to come up two proposals shortly: one, that the presidential term should be reduced from seven to five years, renewable once; two, that the age should come down from 35 to 18.

The first has a good deal in its favour. The second (not a new proposal) is somewhat pointless. Nobody has ever seen a stampede of 18-year-olds -- or 35-year-olds, come to that -- rushing to claim the ultimate honour.

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