When we choose a President, we want someone we’d like to have a chat with

Any challenger to Michael D Higgins will have to match his talent for relatability, writes Kevin Doyle


CHEER LEADER: Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gained global recognition as she supported her country’s progress to the World Cup final. Picture: AFP/Getty
CHEER LEADER: Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic gained global recognition as she supported her country’s progress to the World Cup final. Picture: AFP/Getty

By definition the President “shall take precedence over all other persons in the State” – but in reality we want the exact opposite.

What was it about Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and Michael D Higgins that made them successful and popular presidents?

There’s the argument that they all promoted human rights, women’s rights, support for the vulnerable and peace on this island.

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