Eamon Delaney: Controversy raises more questions about precise role of Presidency
There is no doubt that the Presidency is not what it was. It used to be entirely ceremonial, with an affable figurehead cutting ribbons and signing bills.
However, after Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, the position has become much more activist and substantial, and with Michael D Higgins we were always going to be having even more of this.
The election of the former Labour firebrand represents a further development of the post.