Friday 20 October 2017

Why throw money at a President who was in such a hurry to leave?

The real question is not how much the Mary Robinson Presidential Library will cost, but why we need it at all

Former President Mary Robinson. Photo: Frank McGrath
Former President Mary Robinson. Photo: Frank McGrath

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's not the money, though the price tag is jaw-droppingly expensive. It's not the favouritism, though you'd have to saw off your own nose with a hacksaw to escape the stench of pampered entitlement that surrounds the whole project.

What's really galling is that the country's first presidential library is being built for a woman for whom being president wasn't good enough.

Most people would regard being elected as head of state by the will of one's fellow countryfolk as the highest imaginable honour. For Robinson, it was a step along the road to a "better" job at the United Nations.

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