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McAleese should stay on in office

Sir -- No need for a Presidential election. We already have the creme de la creme of Presidential candidates in office.

President Mary McAleese has proven to be a class act second to none. A people's President, who can handle any situation or event. Our beloved President should be offered the job for life. Why look for silver when you already have a gold medal winner? Warm, compassionate, and approachable, with a great sense of humour.

President McAleese is the real deal, and stands head and shoulders above what is on offer as potential successors. Ireland is in a critical situation; we need our best people to steer us through this difficult period. We already have the best. Why try the impossible by emulating perfection? Your Excellency, we salute you.

Anthony Woods,

Ennis, Co Clare

Sunday Independent