Presidential election

 

Sir, – In your report of the Sinn Féin announcement of their candidate for the presidential election (News, September 16th), Liadh Ní Riada said she will help to lead a public debate on Irish unity. She then refused to permit any questions. I think that says it all. – Yours, etc,

ENDA LYNCH,

Portobello,

Dublin 8.

Sir, – Your editorial (September 19th) asks the question, “Every candidate faces the same challenge: how to make the case for replacing a popular president?” As any child in the playground waiting for a go on the swings would tell you, the answer is simple. President Michael D Higgins has had seven years in office. It’s long enough and somebody else should have a go. – Yours, etc,

JUSTIN EGAN,

Blackrock,

Co Dublin.

Sir, – Margaret Butler (September 19th) suggests that President Higgins should “bow out gracefully” so that “someone with a fresh approach” would be elected.

Can Ms Butler think of anyone who has a more fresh approach than Michael D? – Yours, etc,

MATTIE LENNON,

Blessington,

Co Wicklow.