‘No terrorist in the Áras!” was the warning call that came from then Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan when the late Martin McGuinness announced he would contest the presidency in 2011. “Putting Mr McGuinness in charge of the state would make us look like a banana republic,” said Hogan.
His dire warnings were echoed across the political and media landscape. The veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne (who himself pondered a run) questioned...
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