John Drennan: Gay was right to look, but even more right not to leap
There is no doubt that, had he run, Byrne would have entered a very different public sphere to what he was used to, writes John Drennan
Poor Micheal Martin. The luckless leader of Fianna Fail could hardly be blamed if he said "say it ain't so, Gay" when the second frontrunner in this campaign to date rang him yesterday morning to say "goodbye, see you everybody and, no, there is no presidential candidate present in the audience for Fianna Fail".
In truth we should not be too surprised by Gay's decision to turn down the charity of his new FF friends.
One of the lessons we never learn is that when something appears too good to be true... well, then maybe it actually is too good to be true.