Áras poll is wel­come

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

PRES­I­DENT Hig­gins’s ill-con­sid­ered state­ment that he will de­cide whether or not to seek a sec­ond term next Septem­ber, only a month in ad­vance of our pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, seems to have gal­vanised Fianna Fáil, which in­ter­preted it as a show of en­ti­tle­ment. The party has now de­cided to field a can­di­date, rather than sim­ply en­dors­ing the in­cum­bent once again.

We wel­come the news. All the polls have Mr Hig­gins lead­ing and there is no deny­ing that he has done a de­cent job – but democ­racy must be seen to be done.

It is not right for any one per­son to serve 14 years with­out the en­dorse­ment of the peo­ple – not just of the politi­cians.

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