Saturday 18 November 2017

Laffan is the candidate for our troubled times

I am pleased to read in your paper that there are more Independent candidates coming forward to compete for the presidency. However, given our uncertain economic future, I believe we need like never before an outstanding person to fill that role for the coming difficult years.

We need a person deeply knowledgeable about our dire economic circumstances, an eloquent speaker, a person passionate in his or her commitment to serving the State and a person not without personal charisma.

There may be many such in our society, but one person has stood out for me when listening to her in recent years debating the issues that have concerned us all deeply. Following her speech at the recent MacGill Summer School, I saw her referred to as "a rock of sense, as usual". I refer of course to Dr Brigid Laffan of UCD. How I would dearly love to see someone of her calibre in the Aras.

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