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Well, whoever gets the job will be worried about Brexit because if the EU force the border issue and it has to close the border with NI then who will Eire look to for support?
I have said before that S Ireland want to be a separate country with all the bells and whistles that goes with that status, yet hang on to the UK for their very survival. Once they are cut off will the EU back them to the extent that the UK has done since 1922? I doubt it and it will not be long before Eire become a lonely backwater ignored by the world. They will soon be demanding Eirexit and asking to come back under the comfort blanket of the UK - while retaining their status as an independent country!!!
We're far more concerned about Britain closing the border and the consequences of that. We'll probably have to agree to some form of tax harmonisation to buy continued EU support but that may be no bad thing.
The experience will be good for the Scots when they come to make decisions on their own border with England in a few years.
I have said before that S Ireland want to be a separate country with all the bells and whistles that goes with that status, yet hang on to the UK for their very survival. Once they are cut off will the EU back them to the extent that the UK has done since 1922? I doubt it and it will not be long before Eire become a lonely backwater ignored by the world.
Unlikely. EU membership is up around 82% support with the general public.
An Irexit party launched last week though. It looks like a UK effort to continue the breakup of the EU. The main man is Hermann Kelly (I'm not making this up) who is associated with Farage and UKIP. Their policies seem indistinguishable from those of Sinn Féin TBH.
The B word has raised its ugly head and isn't really on topic in this thread, which is just for taking the p1ss out of the candidates, except an tUachtarán who is the elected head of state and thus entitled to some respect, even if he looks a bit gnomish.
The election will take place on Friday 26th October 2018. There's a bit of interest in the top job which has a salary of around €250 grand a year attached and a pension of half that once you're finished and the duties are not onerous, rubber stamping legislation, greeting dignitaries and the like. Currently there are five nominees. If the sitting President wants to run for a second term he can nominate him or herself. Otherwise you'll need the signatures of 20 members of the Dáil and/ Seanad or the nomination of 4 local authorities.
Sitting President Michael D. Higgins (that's him on the left), nominated himself and is likely to get re-elected if the polls can be believed (67% yesterday). Former Senator, TD and government Minister, if any controversy attached to him it would have come out in 2011. Also has the support of the two biggest parties in the Dáil and the rump of the Labour Party that survived the general election in 2016. The only thing he has against him is his age, he's 77. So there's a good possibility of a state funeral before 2025.
The Provos nominated their candidate in the shape of one Liadh ní Riadha, SF MEP from Cork. Liadh marked her card last year in a Hot Press interview where she refused to describe IRA activities as terrorism. A cleanskin and a woman, SF will be hoping she can improve on Marty McGuinness's embarrassing 13.7% in 2011. I doubt it to be honest and yesterday's poll, which was held before her nomination, revealed only 7% support for a SF candidate.
Joan Freeman is an independent Senator, psychologist and founder of Pieta House, a suicide charity. May well have shot herself in the foot by claiming the Virgin Mary cured her Eczema as a teenager. Polled at 3%.
Sean Gallagher is the second most popular candidate on 15%. A former long-time member of Fianna Fail he left the party in 2011 to run in the Presidential election in which he got 28.5% of the vote. Gallagher was leading the polls at times in 2011 but he made a balls of a television debate when answering a question about a SF allegation that he had accepted a donation of €5,000 for Fianna Fail from an Armagh criminal and fuel smuggler. With a shaky career in real estate and on a reality television show Gallagher must see himself as some kind of Donald Trump.
Gavin Duffy, businessman and fellow Dragon's Den star alongside Gallagher. He has risen without trace on 6%.
There might be a few more candidates if they can get nominations from 4 of the remaining local authorities.
I think they'd claim they're so successful that their businesses now run themselves, i.e. they've got enough other clever people to do it for them. They may well be correct, if I'd reached the top I would expect at least some of my immediate subordinates to be able to do the day to day stuff without me looking over their shoulder.
Edited to add that with exquisite timing the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland released its report on the Maria Cahill abuse allegation to coincide with Ní Riada's nomination. It may come up in one or two debates I imagine.
WITH a commanding 62% lead in the polls, President Michael D. Higgins has eased off the gas on the campaign trail, and has stated that he’ll probably spend the next four weeks just posting pics of himself and his two massive dogs on social media “and still coast this fúcking thing”.
While Higgins sits comfortably at 62% support, his nearest rival Sean Gallagher currently sits at a dismal 15% approval rating among focus groups, which coincidentally is the same percentage of people who didn’t understand the question they were being asked.
As such, the 77-year-old sitting president isn’t going to go ‘liathroidi amach’ (that's Ball Out to you Anglophone cúnts) between now and the election, and will instead just rock out with Bród and Shadow, his two massive Bernese mountain dogs.
“I don’t even need to leave me gaff,” chuckled Higgins, while watching Sinn Féin announce their candidate for presidency for some reason.
“I’ll just walk the dogs down to the fence, throw them a ball, give them a pat, and passers-by will have that shit viral before tea-time. Then let all these other lads run around and waste their money trying to convince people that they need a new man or woman for a job which requires fúck all other than to shake hands and open community centres. I’ll be here watching The Chase”.
Higgins then went into the garage to get his little step-ladder, so he could pat his dog on the head.
Warning:- waterfordwhispersnews is not a genuine news site. President Michael D. Higgins has never used the F word and he can pet his dogs without the use of a step ladder.