Parking the presidency
Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Now that all the hoopla relating to procuring the ideal candidate for the big house in the Park is over, and we're left with an array of would-be presidential mediocrities vying for the titular office that pays well and provides free global travel for the prestigious occupant, surely it's time to seriously consider abolishing the presidency since we seem to lack the necessary imagination to reform it into a meaningful organ of state, transcending the mere ceremonial.
We could substitute the office with that of a modest state agency to adjudicate regarding issues that might arise during the lifetime of the legislature.
We could also incorporate the occasional ceremonial duty into the Taoiseach's office.