Bette Brown: Hillary's health casts dark shadow over plans
When Hillary Clinton visited Ireland last month she clearly enjoyed being back among friends but it was also obvious that she was extremely tired. It was put down to her exhausting schedule as US Secretary of State. But as we now know there was far more to it than that.
Mrs Clinton left hospital on Wednesday and her doctors expect her to recover completely after treating a blood clot in her head, and as one of Ireland's best friends we must hope that will be the case. More and more questions are being raised, however, about what impact her health will have on her political future and if it will influence a decision whether to run for the US presidency in 2016.
Mrs Clinton had been admitted to hospital last Sunday for treatment of the clot which it is said could have stemmed from concussion earlier in December when she fainted while at home battling a stomach virus and fell, striking her head.