Candidates for Aras must engage with us
Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00
EACH candidate seeking to contest the presidential election and the county councillors and Oireachtas members who are adjudicating on them should realise that the principal qualification to occupy this office is the capacity to be the statesman who can embody the spirit of this sophisticated, progressive, resilient nation.
Our agile nation is not broken or without hope, even if its spirit is tormented by economic turbulence.
The character of this office is not calling for a travelling salesman, a fixer taking on a 'job of work', a therapist or a social-change engineer, nor does it require an actor fit to play a role in 'The Bridges Of Madison County'.