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Michael D Higgins for President.

goatstoe

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Have heard people around here and in the media in general say that Michael D Higgins may run for President. I think he'd make a fine President myself. He has a great track record on social issues and is a fine public speaker. I remember him addressing an anti-Iraq war rally in Galway where he had the assembled gathering captivated with his oratorical prowess. With Labour surging in the polls, by the time the election comes around in October 2011, Higgins may well be in a prime position to win.

He would be a credit to the country in a Presidential role. As well as this it would be a right kick in the stones for a few smart ass conservative types and right wing nutjobs that you see around here from time to time. I am not sure if Higgins wants the job, but if he does I reckon he'd be in with a good shout. It would be a good boost for Labour to win a presidential election with the General Election due around June 2012.

President Michael D Higgins sounds good to me.
 
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Herodotus

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I agree. Most of the Labour party think he should run. Its up to the man himself though.
 

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I know Michael D for a long time. Nice guy, brilliant intellect. Would if that was the choice prefer him to Finlay. However think MDH would be a loose cannon in the Aras.
 
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Have heard people around here and in the media in general say that Michael D Higgins may run for President. I think he'd make a fine President myself. He has a great track record on social issues and is a fine public speaker.
He would have to promise not to recite any of his poetry. I have heard from a usually reliable source, that he is one of the Vogons' most implacable agents provocateurs.
 
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He would be a great candidate for President. If he won would he give up all of his state pensions while in office.
 

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Yes his principled foreign policy stances would render him a very attractive candidate in my view.
 

goatstoe

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I know Michael D for a long time. Nice guy, brilliant intnellect. Would if that was the choice prefer him to Finlay. However think MDH would be a loose cannon in the Aras.
Finlay would be a good candidate, but in my opinion Higgins would have a better chance of winning. As regards being a loose cannon, I'm sure he'd adapt himself to the role but would bring a wealth of foreign affairs knowledge to the job.
 

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er No Thanks Folks.

He would just pee off a lot of people and I can't see him gaining many votes outside of the Labour Party and perhaps the Greens.

I wouldn't vote for him anyway.

ABTW- isn't he a bit long in the tooth for a post like this at 69 years of age?
 

poolfan81

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do we need a pesident at all, needs to be radically reformed before we start electing anyone
 

Red_93

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er No Thanks Folks.

He would just pee off a lot of people and I can't see him gaining many votes outside of the Labour Party and perhaps the Greens.

I wouldn't vote for him anyway.

ABTW- isn't he a bit long in the tooth for a post like this at 69 years of age?
Why does his age matter? He would make an excellent president. And I'm sure people thought Mary Robinson would be really annoying but she turned out to be our best ever president.
 

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Anti-justabouteverything politician for the President ! Jesus! Notwithstanding its laregly a ceremonial post, the President has to smile and shake hands with every kind of nutter that the political world throws up. How could he bring himself to do it - he being a man of principle and all that ? :D
And as to his principles... he wrote an open letter to the Irish people calling for a national debate. Along came the Lisbon debate and he couldn't be found.
Another one of those socialists who fervently pray that the oppressed and downtrodden in third world ********************holes die quietly and out of sight, so that he can pose as anti- war and anti- interventionist, thereby feeling good about himself. Isolationist blatherer.:roll:
 

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I am not sure if Higgins wants the job, but if he does I reckon he'd be in with a good shout.
There's no doubt but that he absolutely craves the job, having tried for the Party nomination on several previous occasions. But yes, I think he would make an excellent President: he is principled and extremely intelligent, and unlike Mary McAleese would not simply seek to please everyone, but would be ready to speak out where necessary. Whilst the Presidency shouldn't be too politicised, the President must be his/her own man/woman rater than be suffocated by protocol.
 

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She was really annoying and no way was she our best ever President.
Right, you'd prefer the 6 boring men before her. And OK, if you think McAleese is better fair enough, but she's just kept a good thing going really.
 

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Michael D would make a great President. Some FF media have already decided that Brian Crowley will be next President. Heard another Crowley guy on Newstalk say as much this morning, while rubbishing David Norris in almost gay bashing mode. And its time to give the men a chance.
 

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I think she's a great woman. She did (and still does) us proud!
Yea it is great to see someone who spends so much time and energy being an advocate for the poor and downtrodden giving up her her two sttae pensions.....oh... wait...what's that?...........she didn't........oh.............
 


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