Opinion John Drennan

Sunday 25 February 2018

John Drennan: Drama behind the scenes in Downton Aras

The apparent squabbles downstairs are unlikely to affect Paddy's opinion of Michael D

Women, including past presidents Mary Robinson (L) and Mary McAleese (R), laid the foundations for the historic state visit of Michael D Higgins (C) to Britain.
Women, including past presidents Mary Robinson (L) and Mary McAleese (R), laid the foundations for the historic state visit of Michael D Higgins (C) to Britain.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in Aras An Uachtarain.
John Drennan

John Drennan

WHEN it came to the Presidential election of 2011, Michael D Higgins really was the Ziggy Stardust of that campaign. Labour's old warhorse may have won convincingly, but the celebrated million-vote man fell out of the sky in the last week.

Though Michael D had polled consistently well, the presidential campaign was dominated by the dramatic performances (and implosions) of Sean Gallagher, Martin McGuinness and David Norris.

One of the more curious consequences of this is that the electorate did not get a really good look at the man elected as head of State.

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