Higgins must now follow through on transparency
It ended exactly as most of us believed it would at the start with a big win for Michael D Higgins, who will be Uachtarán na hÉireann for another seven years. Six out of 10 people who voted chose Mr Higgins as the best candidate by far.
Mr Higgins had proved over seven years of hard work that he can do the job. He can showcase the best of modern Ireland with a sense of history and culture, along with a dash of style, and with a marvellous command of the Irish language.
Mr Higgins has served a 50-year apprenticeship to that tough vocation while never compromising support for human rights and the dignity of every citizen. He deserves our warm congratulations and our best wishes for another successful seven years travelling across Ireland and the world from Áras an Uachtaráin.