Tuesday 21 February 2017

No to Norris

Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00

•Senator David Norris apparently left Ireland on a prolonged vacation the day after he threw in the towel on his presidential election aspirations in early August because he recognised he did not have the necessary credentials to become president.

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Reports have emerged indicating his potential return to the fray. But nothing has emerged to alleviate the concerns that prompted his withdrawal.

A nation's greatness is measured in its capacity to attract and retain the attention of others, according to Jonathan Spence, the eminent former Yale professor who specialised in Chinese history. How could this be accomplished in Ireland if the judgment of the president is prone to attract controversy of a type that other national leaders of strategic importance to our nation would wish to be disassociated from?

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