Nine questions Ireland’s would-be presidents must answer

Candidates who do not know the basics should be automatically disqualified

‘The blunt fact is that the role of councils in nominating presidential candidates is to act as gatekeepers – to ensure only competent, qualified people able to do the job are nominated.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The blunt fact is that the role of councils in nominating presidential candidates is to act as gatekeepers – to ensure only competent, qualified people able to do the job are nominated.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In reality, the presidency is a very limited office. If councils want to nominate a candidate, they need to verify that the candidate actually does know about the job and its limitations. No candidate should be nominated if they don’t know the basics of the job or has an exaggerated idea of what they could do.

So what sort of questions should councillors ask candidates seeking to become president?

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