FG should focus on bigger issues
Published 03/03/2010 | 08:44
FINE Gael apparently intends to propose at its Ard Fheis that, as a component of its 'New Politics' policy to reform the entire electoral system, the term of office of the President be reduced to five years; that the minimum age of candidates for the office of President be reduced from 35 years to 18; and that presidential elections would take place at the same time as local and European elections to achieve "massive cost-saving".
Perhaps Fine Gael would be wiser to embrace the adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and to focus on issues that are rupturing the welfare and wellbeing of society.
The one office of state that has worked effectively for several decades is the presidency, and this is demonstrated by the consistently high approval ratings of incumbents.