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Questions for presidential candidates.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 9, 2011 in Irish Politics |

Do you believe that paying over €100k in salary for a position in a charitable organisation is the best use of charitable donations from the public?

If not elected president of Ireland, will you pledge not to seek election to any office in the future under a Fianna Fail banner?

Do you believe that swearing an oath of allegiance, on your word or a religious text, to this or any other state is a mere technical matter?

Do you believe that claiming a disability to work whilst working another full-time job is committing fraud?

Do you believe that all presidential staff should be vetted to ensure that they are not members of criminal organisations or operatives of a foreign intelligence service, given that they will be accessing state papers?


Oct 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Follow-on to question 3;
“How about the following?”
“In the presence of Almighty God I ,do
solemnly and sincerely promise and declare
that I will maintain the Constitution of
Ireland and uphold its laws, that I will fulfill
my duties faithfully and conscientiously in
accordance with the Constitution and the
law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to
the service and welfare of the people of
Ireland. May God direct and sustain me.”

Or is that a minor technical matter?

Does that oath carry legal force? I note that the Constitution does not comment on people who never intend to keep to that oath. Perhaps that’s covered by “stated misbehaviour” (???).

Should we implement a system where swearing an oath to : “renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen” should carry with it a loss of citizenship / voting rights / eligibility-of-election ?

Oct 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I presume the third question is for the atheist, Michael D Higgins, who seems prepared to pretend to believe in God to take the oath as President

Jason O
Oct 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

A fair comment, Brendan.



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