Michael D and dignity
•IT was an election fought with the intensity of a civil war. It would be nice to think that, now that Michael D Higgins appears to have won, he will be able to restore some dignity to the office which was diminished in both status and stature by the crude dogfight it became.
It is only fair to note that neither Mr Higgins nor the likely runner-up, Sean Gallagher, were responsible for the unprecedented descent into dirty tricks.
It must be acknowledged that Mr Gallagher may have loaded the gun himself by his refusal to be completely up-front about his involvement in Fianna Fail. In the end his inability to build trust with voters put paid to his hopes.