Seven reasons why some bloodletting is healthy
Unlike political elections, this presidential election allows for a good bout of national soul-searching, writes Brendan O'Connor
IT is fashionable for the pundits to tell us that presidential elections are a waste of time and money and do not matter, because presidential elections don't deal with the real issues.
The real issues, apparently, are the ones that get an outing in a general election, when parties face off over the detail on programmes for government that are generally works of fiction, if not fantasy. So how come then, that this presidential election campaign has become one of the most real, and most gripping, bouts of soul-searching this nation has had in years?
The last general election was a simplistic, anti-Fianna Fail, walk in the park next to the magnificent and broad-ranging complexity of this election. Having spoken about nothing except money for years, in the last couple of weeks we have suddenly started talking about everything, about who we are, where we've been, where we'd like to go next and how we would like to see ourselves.