Friday 24 November 2017

Maurice Hayes: French poll matters more to us than our own presidency

AUGUST is regarded as the silly season for journalism with columns to be filled in the absence of anything material to analyse, as politicians take holidays, and readers' interest centres on sun, sand and sangria, or whatever alternatives are available.

The continuing financial crisis and the apparent success in Libya of the modern version of gunboat diplomacy does not make this year an exception.

In Ireland, the unfolding saga of the presidential election moves gently from farce back to mere comedy as the well of celebrity candidates dries up, as Fianna Fail decides not to throw good money (which they do not have) after bad, in a hopeless pursuit of an office the necessity of which is increasingly being called into question by seasoned commentators.

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