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McAleese should stay in these difficult times

In 1940, with war ravaging Europe and America's entry into it looking more and more likely, the people chose to suspend certain constitutional laws and re-elect, for a third consecutive term, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, believing he could steer them through their difficult times.

Now, 70 years later, our country is looking at saying goodbye to one of our best-loved heads of state.

While I would prefer to see the office abolished to cut costs, in these times of such national despair and common emergency, would it not be wise -- and preferable to the candidates currently on show -- to elect for one more term a woman who over the past month put a smile on every face in Ireland as she received foreign visitors?

Mary McAleese should be kept for seven more years, if she agrees.

Killian Foley-Walsh

Irish Independent