Tuesday 22 August 2017

It's time to decide on role of president

MICHEAL Martin quietly settled two questions yesterday, both related to the presidential election which will take place in the autumn. He quashed any speculation about Bertie Ahern's candidature, and he gave Fianna Fail deputies leave to join, if they so wish, in nominating Senator David Norris for the office.

One must doubt whether the first issue ever needed to be taken seriously.

Mr Ahern's arm's-length relationship with the English language notwithstanding, his position has always been fairly clear. He was not seeking the Fianna Fail nomination, but neither would he rule it out. Now Mr Martin has ruled it out for him.

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