Michael D is more than just a safe pair of hands
MICHAEL D Higgins was by far the best qualified candidate -- arguably the only qualified candidate -- in this presidential election. The intellectual gap between him and all the others, with the possible exception of David Norris, was glaring. Less obvious, perhaps, was the political gap.
In this area, his only competition came from Gay Mitchell. But Mitchell, though he has enjoyed a long political career of some distinction, never served in a cabinet.
None of the others had any top-level executive experience whatsoever. In addition, they made no effort to rise above their own deficiencies. Most of their contributions to the debate consisted of nothing more than guff, obviously written by public relations consultants.