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Casey was the real winner in an election that was biased by media and disrespected by parties

Runner-up: Candidate Peter Casey pictured in Dublin Castle during the presidential election count
Runner-up: Candidate Peter Casey pictured in Dublin Castle during the presidential election count

Now that the non-election presidential election and the absurd blasphemy referendum have passed, let us reflect on three important factors.

Firstly, Michael D Higgins declared his official decision to run as late as possible, preventing any real rival candidate emerging. This was ‘Politics with a capital P’, a wily left-wing politician whose Cuban rant was a blot of real magnitude on his first term.

Secondly, the craven self-interest and even abject cowardice of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in wanting a Higgins ‘coronation’. The rationale of costs was one excuse, and popularity of Higgins another, but either way both parties insulted both the office of the President and the Irish electorate. The fact that Higgins ran despite saying he wouldn’t is irrelevant as all politicians can say the fact he is aged was unimportant, but the non-questioning and media bias in his favour and, in particular, the unrelenting attacks on Peter Casey were a national disgrace.

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