There is a perception that, until the two Marys shook things up in the 1990s, the office of President of Ireland was an uncontentious backwater. It was God’s waiting room – somewhere to shunt Eamon de Valera when he was finally persuaded, aged 77, to relinquish the reins of power.
Or else a white elephants’ graveyard where minds as astute as Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh’s or Patrick Hillery’s were forced into exile....
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