Tuesday 6 December 2016

Race for Presidency a battle of two Irelands

Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00

THERE will be no surprise at all in one result from the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll. This is the finding that Mary McAleese is an outstandingly popular President. She is a hard act to follow, by any standard. Yet the success of her Presidency will have done much to create the interest in standing from such a wide variety of potential candidates.

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The poll findings on the candidates are intriguing, rather than surprising. Senator David Norris remains the most popular candidate, as he has been since he first declared.

Normally, there would be no surprise in a front-runner remaining in front, but the controversy over past comments from Mr Norris about relations between older men and younger could have derailed his campaign before it left the station.

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