Saturday 21 January 2017

McAleese should stay in these difficult times

Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00

In 1940, with war ravaging Europe and America's entry into it looking more and more likely, the people chose to suspend certain constitutional laws and re-elect, for a third consecutive term, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, believing he could steer them through their difficult times.

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Now, 70 years later, our country is looking at saying goodbye to one of our best-loved heads of state.

While I would prefer to see the office abolished to cut costs, in these times of such national despair and common emergency, would it not be wise -- and preferable to the candidates currently on show -- to elect for one more term a woman who over the past month put a smile on every face in Ireland as she received foreign visitors?

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