Friday 28 April 2017

Tough questions for McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has the same right as any other Irish citizen to stand for election as president when he formally obtains the signatures of 20 Oireachtas members required for nomination. But the right carries with it a corresponding duty.

In a presidential election, more than any other, a candidate needs an exceptional record. Accordingly, he or she must answer, truthfully and fully, the innumerable questions that will be asked about his or her current views and previous career.

To date, Senator David Norris is the only contender to have felt the full force of media and public pressure.

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