McAleeses are worth every cent
Sir -- There are few enough people in this country that are worth admiring and two of them are Mary McAleese, Uactarán Na hÉireann, and her husband, Martin.
Mary McAleese has carried out her duties with grace and poise as befits her position. Martin McAleese has worked tirelessly in the background on the continuing Northern peace process. They are a signal to the world that this is a modern open democracy and not a banana republic, as sometimes portrayed by some politicians and some media.
In October 2008 Mary McAleese took a voluntary reduction in her salary of 10pc followed by a further cut in December 2009.