The race for the Áras

 

A chara, – Michael D Higgins’s opponents are clutching at straws by focusing on the fact that he has changed his mind on serving one term.

Unsurprisingly most Irish politicians think you are not allowed to change your mind, that it is a sign of weakness, a fatal decision and a mortal sin, but plenty of great minds believe that the ability to change your mind is a sign of great strength, and rightly so.

As George Bernard Shaw wrote: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – Is mise,

JASON POWER,

Dartry,

Dublin 6.

Sir, – Those clever Dragons who want to reach the Áras cannot even grasp the simple arithmetic of three into one won’t go. – Yours, etc,

ROBERT SULLIVAN,

Bantry,

Co Cork.

Sir, – Seems like a spell on the telly is a qualification to run for president of Ireland. Don’t be surprised to see Dustin propose Bosco for the Park. – Yours, etc,

MARTIN SWORDS,

Ashford, Co Wicklow.

Sir, – Is it my imagination but are the majority of the presidential hopefuls more interested in gaining a new career for themselves rather than offering genuine public service? – Yours, etc,

GILL McCARTHY,

Shillelagh,

Co Wicklow.

Sir, – Some 187 years ago Benjamin Disraeli wrote, “The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.” – Yours, etc,

MATTIE LENNON,

Blessington,

Co Wicklow.