Opinion Columnists

Sunday 25 February 2018

Michael D has shown us why we just don't need a president

Like him or not, the issue with the President is that he sees problems but offers no solutions, writes Donal Lynch

President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

'In the fullness of time," Michael D assured reporters who wondered when he would make a decision on whether to keep his word about serving just one term as the country's President. "It is just my decision; it doesn't affect anyone else."

For some this was a strange statement - what about the millions of people whom you represent and whose vote you sought, specifically with the assurance you were serving one term? But seasoned observers of the Higgins presidency will not have been terribly surprised.

He has won such warm praise over the last six years that he must calculate that the gratitude of the people would easily outweigh the appearance of not keeping his word.

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