Thursday 23 November 2017

Presidents allowed to have their own views

In yesterday's letters, Paul Ryder tells us that David Norris's personality "is intrinsically at odds with the role of Uachtaran na hEireann". However Mr Ryder never attempts to prove this. Instead he just tells us two things that he seems to dislike about Mr Norris. Would Mr Ryder care to tell us how someone's views on an ancient society are "intrinsically" at odds with being president? Are presidents not allowed to have their own views?

Also, how would a pro-Commonwealth leaning be at odds with being president? Does Mr Ryder understand that if Mr Norris were to be elected, he wouldn't be able to bring us back into the Commonwealth?

All presidential candidates are allowed to have their own thoughts and views. What matters is that they understand the role of the President.

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