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 Post subject: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:04 am 
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Apart from the chance of winning a huge salary and pension why do so many spoofers want the chance to lose the election to be president ? This whole charade is bizarre.


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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In the case of failed business man Gombeen Gallagher he clearly just wants the nice salary, perks, and pension, for the rest of the clowns who knows, ego trip I suppose

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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:27 am 
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In the case of failed business man Gombeen Gallagher he clearly just wants the nice salary, perks, and pension, for the rest of the clowns who knows, ego trip I suppose


Agreed * 1000


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:33 am 
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Three candidates from the same cringey reality TV show -- what's that about? I accidentally overheard an RTE radio program in which the people seeking nomination gave their spiel about what they'd do in office. Most of their ideas had SFA to do with anything the president has influence over. I know they have to ridiculously oversell themselves, but there's a point at which it starts to sound like clueless incompetence. I'm all for getting the leprechaun out of the Áras, but not at any cost.

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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:29 am 
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Three candidates from the same cringey reality TV show -- what's that about? I accidentally overheard an RTE radio program in which the people seeking nomination gave their spiel about what they'd do in office. Most of their ideas had SFA to do with anything the president has influence over. I know they have to ridiculously oversell themselves, but there's a point at which it starts to sound like clueless incompetence. I'm all for getting the leprechaun out of the Áras, but not at any cost.

When in doubt, my vote goes to whoever is likely to cost the least- usually the oldest so we'll be least burdened with their pension.


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:17 am 
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Mary Robinson and her enormous ego have a lot to answer for. She started us down on this path away from strict guardian of the constitution.

Mary McAleese for all her bluster couldn't take a leaf out of her Icelandic counterpart's book and ask the government if they knew they what were signing up for when they guaranteed the banks. The Italian president takes it upon himself to act like the adult in the room, (they'll be fucked if a Seano Gallagoni even gets in). McAleese is simply a Fianna Fail hack to the end, as evidenced by her son


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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Woohoo another season of X Factor (at taxpayers expense)


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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Peter Casey is fairly daft

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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:16 am 
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superman wrote:
When in doubt, my vote goes to whoever is likely to cost the least- usually the oldest so we'll be least burdened with their pension.

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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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slasher wrote:
Mary Robinson and her enormous ego have a lot to answer for. She started us down on this path away from strict guardian of the constitution


Was Patrick Hillery guardian of anything really? Was Lenihan a bullshitter a viable alternative ? Did Robinson and her ego start us down a path really or did her election merely represent a society that was slowly becoming ever more narcissistic and egotistical and wanting in a Self Esteem movement way to "feel good about itself". The crassness of the Celtic Tiger and the various referenda results are all part of the same societal trend towards narcissism.

I suppose one of the candidates could be in with a shout if they behave like a sort of TED talk or airport bookshop motivational book and bangs on constantly about how "great we could be" and "how much potential we have" and how "we've come so far from the past" (aren't we so superior to our backward ancestors!)


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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yoganmahew wrote:
superman wrote:
When in doubt, my vote goes to whoever is likely to cost the least- usually the oldest so we'll be least burdened with their pension.

:D

Hey, don't laugh! That is the best idea I've heard all year, and definitely what I'm gonna do. I'll also filter out Mary-Robinsonesque narcissists who are likely to think the State should buy their scribbled ravings at taxpayers' expense. I might make exceptions for candidates who hate travelling or have a morbid fear of flying.

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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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The Presidents salary is 50% higher than the Taoiseach's + he gets a massive gaff/staff/expenses. How did that happen!


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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Did anyone stick a pin on this odd one out Gemma O'Doherty as our new President, was she taken on about the penalty points by Stephen Rae.


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
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ps200306 wrote:
yoganmahew wrote:
superman wrote:
When in doubt, my vote goes to whoever is likely to cost the least- usually the oldest so we'll be least burdened with their pension.

:D

Hey, don't laugh! That is the best idea I've heard all year, and definitely what I'm gonna do. I'll also filter out Mary-Robinsonesque narcissists who are likely to think the State should buy their scribbled ravings at taxpayers' expense. I might make exceptions for candidates who hate travelling or have a morbid fear of flying.

In that case Michael D is your man - we're already on the hook for his pension. Cheapest option is to keep him there 'til he dies.


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 Post subject: Re: Presidential Election Friday 26 Oct 18
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:39 pm 
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From what they would-be candidates have said so far, there is limited understanding of the office. People talking about homelessness and jobs and banks and immigration - all fine, but run for the Dail.

O'Doherty was an intriguing one until I saw videos of her saying the State assassinated Veronica Guerin and vaccines are a public health threat :shock:

Sharkey has a soothing voice but that's about all he'd add. He's enjoying the publicity but won't be on the ticket.

So it'll be Higgins vs whoever Sinn Fein settle on. Maybe a half-decent debate or two will follow and Higgins will win the vote, even if the SFer can avoid upsetting mainstream voters by talking about radical constitutional change.

It's a surprisingly weak field, you'd have to say. If Mairead McGuinness or Miriam O'Callaghan or even Brendan O'Carrol (ruled himself out 'this time') were on the pitch it might be a contest. Eve Colm O'Gorman or Fergus Finlay or some such might have given it a shot but I doubt Higgins is losing much sleep.


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