Wednesday, June 29, 2005


'What If'? Wednesday - Presidential Vote

I'd like to once more raise an issue relating to the Irish presidency, namely this key question - what if the six counties in the North were allowed have a say on the Irish presidency?

Below are what I see to be potential benefits and drawbacks to the idea:


- Gives increased legitimacy to the all-Ireland argument.
- Highlights to northern nationalists that the Republic respects them and their Irishness.
- Fixes the ludicrous situation in which we can have a president born in the North yet at the same time deny others from the North a vote on the presidential race.
- Highlights to Unionists that nationalism is heading in the right direction and is not pursuing its objectives in an aggressive way.
- Finally gives northern nationalists a Head of State that they can identify with.


- Some Unionists would likely be hostile to the idea and most would likely snub the opportunity to vote if it came along.
- It's doubtful that there would be many Unionists interested in running for the Presidency if offered the oportunity.

Overall though I feel the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks and I think it's something worth pursuing. What do you think?


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