Opinion Analysis

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Political presidency no job for this lady of principle

Rita Childers, who died last week aged 95, almost became Ireland's first woman president, writes Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

RITA Childers who died last week almost became Ireland's first woman president.

The glamorous second wife of President Erskine Childers was seriously considered for the presidency herself -- but felt she was let down after initially being considered as an agreed candidate for the office.

She had offered herself as a "non-party" candidate in 1974, but some members of Fianna Fail believed that because her husband was clearly a Fianna Fail president his successor should also be identified with the party.

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