Fintan O’Toole: Casey didn’t create an audience – it found him

Casey’s rivals, to their credit, did not follow by picking scab of Ireland’s deepest prejudice

Arriving at the Dublin count at the Convention Centre, Independent candidate Peter Casey says he will run for president again - unless he is Taoiseach at the time of the next presidential election.

When I was a child, there was a fad for good news/bad news jokes. The dentist tells the patient: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that your teeth are perfect. The bad news is that your gums will have to come out.”

The balance in the presidential election results is rather more on the positive side than that. But we do have to acknowledge this is a silver lining with more than a little cloud.

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