Sunday 19 November 2017

Making of a President

DAVID Norris, Michael D Higgins, Mairead McGuinness . . . Sean Gallagher. Sean Gallagher? What brings the 'Dragons' Den' panelist into the list along with those three colourful politicians? Mr Gallagher's name has cropped up among the aspirants for nothing less than the Presidency of Ireland. And why not?

There are no specific qualifications for the job. The three experienced politicians all have admirable personal qualities, and viewers of the television series have learned that the same is true of the newcomer. He clearly has that invaluable quality -- common sense -- in abundance. He seems like a man with whom anyone would like to do business. And he does have political experience, if only in a relatively humble capacity as a Fianna Fail activist.

But perhaps, with a rare Presidential election looming, the time has come for a debate on whether we should insist on qualifications for the job; and if so, what qualifications?

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