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
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.