Was anyone in the Merse aware that there was an Irish Presidential Election recently? Certainly from the point of view of view of catching international attention the timing was not ideal. And of course theIrish President is very much a figure head, opening and shutting things and being gracious to all and sundry. Not in a position to send Irish troops to Iraq or even to Galway. I have received the following snippit from the Belfast Bloggee:
"Did the Irish Presidential election race provoke any interest? Perhaps, not because it wasn't an election at all. Unlike our Yankee cousins the present incumbent was re-elected because there was no opposition, other than Dana, the warbler-ess of Eurovision fame, who didn't secure enough support from basically anyone at all. So Mary McAleese, of BT15 extraction and the first Norn Ironer to hold the office of Irish President, will walk the red carpet again today.
Saves a lot of bother, doesn't it?"
Thankyou Mr B.