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We need a president who will inspire us

Published 15/10/2011 | 05:00

President Mary McAleese
President Mary McAleese

•Seven solitary souls have presented themselves to represent the other 4.5 million struggling to put their best foot forward on this strange little island.

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The media commentators and the colour writers are toying with the 'twinkling' Dana, the 'twee' Michael D, the 'queenly' Mary Davis, the 'dragon' Sean Gallagher, the 'volatile' David Norris, the 'shadowy' Martin McGuinness, and the 'self-righteous' Gay Mitchell.

There is something surreal in the notion that a single individual can superglue all the shattered dreams and burst bubbles that we have seen. Perhaps this is what has made this contest so seemingly desperate. Emotions are running high, and when there is unrest in the cottage the palace is seldom secure.

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