Friday 20 April 2018

Brendan Keenan: Michael D, your only man to sell us economic vision

Perhaps the most instructive poll in the presidential election was the one that asked voters what they looked for in a head of State.

Top of the list came "honesty and integrity". Doing something about jobs and the economy was well down the pecking order. It would, of course, be the other way round in a general election.

Looked at in this light, the presidential campaign was a diversion from the grim realities of governance and policy. It is possible that Sean Gallagher's early success was in part due to a belief that his business connections might give him some extra influence on economic policy. Even if true, as far as he was concerned, it looks as if honesty and integrity issues counted for more in the end.

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