Race for Aras
•The exit of Gay Byrne from the presidential stakes is to be welcomed. For a frightening moment it looked as if the pantomime season had come early.
It is hard to imagine a more delusional or hubristic pitch like his assertion, that were the clamour for his entrance into the presidential campaign to reach a sufficient decibel level he would have to listen.
This is the kind of self-serving rubbish Mr Byrne would have been the first to ridicule were he doing what he once did so peerlessly on the national airwaves.