Saturday 10 December 2016

Presumption of deviancy was base

Published 19/06/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- Jody Corcoran (Sunday Independent, June 12, 2011) sums up brilliantly the perceived problem with David Norris as a candidate for the presidency. His sexuality no doubt determined all the controversial questioning. As Jody says, none of the other candidates would be subjected to such a presumption of deviancy. Norris has that elusive quality that we must all crave in a president in 2011: the honesty to engage in healthy debate for the good of all in an inclusive society. It was Brian Lenihan's legacy of honesty that we mourned most last week.

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What has brought this country to its knees is a number of systems and so-called leaders hiding behind platitudes while serving their own self-interest and pleading the scapegoat of being ill advised when all goes belly-up. Having had the privilege of leading a large organisation funded by the State in no way qualifies you to run for president.

The presidency is beyond politics. I don't want to squirm every time our first citizen opens his or her mouth on the global stage. I want to feel proud of an intelligent, cultured and informed president who will engage in the hard questions and embrace all the changes in an ever-evolving Ireland. Above all else I want to feel I can trust my president that he or she represents me; a sense of humour and a twinkle in the eye would go a long way.

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