Wednesday 20 September 2017

President and the right stuff

• Both the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste advise that the Constitutional Convention is to be the vanguard of social and institutional reform.

The immediate challenges that they believe need to be addressed include cutting the presidential term of office from seven to five years and giving citizens resident outside the State the right to vote on Aras candidates.

The length of term was not an impediment to the distinguished and transformative presidencies of Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, each of whom heralded profound social change with widespread public support, but without histrionic fanfare.

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