Seven years too long

In The Irish Times, Jim Duffy looks back at the “unambiguous stitch-up” that saw Mary McAleese returned ‘unopposed’ as Irish President for a second seven-year term of office and argues convincingly for “a fundamental overhaul” of the nominations procedure and the seven-year term.

He is particularly scathing in his criticism of the Green Party’s failure to nominate a candidate –

“it is much more difficult to understand the Green’s stance. For running against McAleese would have been a no-lose option for them. With a guaranteed 50 per cent coverage during the campaign in a two-horse race, it would be next to impossible not to get enough votes to qualify for State funding.

The Greens effectively turned down a free campaign and free publicity that would have won the party a higher profile and increased credibility with voters who had not voted Green, resulting in more D

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