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If only the Aras runners were more tuned in

IN one of the recent debates in the race for the Aras, a question arose along the lines of 'What would be the theme of your Presidency?'.

All the candidates waffled on about inclusion, the people, hope and other vague blather, but they should have been thinking which song would define their campaign.

I was being in New York City on the night that Barack Obama was elected and watching a very hip bar erupt after the victory speech when the barman, a mad bloke from Cork called Alan, aka The Legend, decided that the best way to follow such a momentous occasion was to stick on You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC. I still grin every time I hear that song.

A different AC/DC song could provide the soundtrack for this parochial parade, given the squealing the candidates are doing would imply that Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap has been ringing around rival campaign offices.

There was more musical mirth this week when Sean Gallagher, so steeped in Fianna Fail genes I wouldn't be surprised if his ringtone is Arise And Follow Charlie, suggested that Amhran na Bhfiann should be replaced as our national anthem on the grounds that it's "too militaristic".


Gallagher's spoof and bluster sugestion of something more 'optimistic', might lead one to think he wished D:Ream's Things Can Only Get Better hadn't been co-opted by Blair's New Labour in the '90s.

Of course, the Sinn Fein/IRA candidate and convicted terrorist Martin McGuinness wasn't having any of this, although I'd like to think that if he had to offer an alternative he might consider a reworking of the old Racing Cars song, changing the title to They Shoot People, Don't They? That'd be big in the Bogside without a doubt.

As for Michael D Higgins, he played to the mucksavage market during the week by having his photo taken with those purveyors of bogmonster boogie The Sawdoctors, who once actually wrote a song about him, showing what passes for inspiration among the tunesmiths of Galway.

David Norris, meanwhile, could sashay away into the sunset to the Pet Shop Boys' Being Boring.