What the Presidential Election tells us about ourselves

It’s only been three days.  But I’m already in withdrawal.  The events of the last week of the Presidential Election were truly compelling and told us a lot about who we are as a people.  For me, it was reminiscent of the 2007 general election.  On the cusp of the worst economic disaster in the history of our young state, we re-elected a party, whose misguided and catastrophic fiscal policies over the previous ten years had brought us to our knees.  I wondered and worried whether on this occasion we could see the writing on the wall and make the courageous rather than the easy choice.

While more than 1 million of us ultimately decided that elder statesman Michael D Higgins was the best candidate for the job, questions still remain in my head about why someone who so clearly mis-represented their position before the people, still got over 614,000 votes.  Surely, honesty and transparency are some of the most basic traits we can expect from our First Citizen.   And what does this episode in our electoral history say about us a people? Read more