Kathy Sheridan: Race for Áras just got weird again

Dissimulators, delusionals and fantasists get weeded out as competition intensifies

Presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey: “Ireland first. It’s my principle, but it should be a law.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey: “Ireland first. It’s my principle, but it should be a law.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It began on a chat show – of course it did – with a black presidential aspirant calling for “an honest and open dialogue” about immigration. If that seemed a tad counter-intuitive, you had not been keeping up with the many lives of Kevin Sharkey. Quick Google. “Ireland first. It’s my principle, but it should be a law,” he told the Sun a couple of years ago. A nation gulped. Was that a serious pitch for the presidency ?

Then stuff got weird and Sharkey’s wasn’t even the weirdest.

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