Great article in the Examiner. MICHAEL CLIFFORD: I hereby withdraw from the Áras race A very good summary of the current runners and riders : Once it was known from far out that Miriam wasn’t going to take the leap, what was left? Fianna Fáil isn’t going to run anybody, apart from Éamon Ó Cuív. Fine Gael, in all likelihood, will never run a candidate again on the basis of the disaster every presidential election has been for their people. Sinn Féin is up for it, but the apparent criteria is somebody who is young, female, photogenic, and in a fierce hurry for a united Ireland. And then there are those who plough the field as Independents. Joan Freeman has done worthy work on suicide prevention, but she’s yet to be tested on meeting and greeting. Gavin Duffy made for a suitably brooding dragon in the Den, but does the world need another reality TV show personality as a president? How about Kevin Sharkey? He was also on TV once upon a time and he is an artist. But would he be the first man you’d think of ringing if a constitutional crisis took fire? Of late, we’ve had the spectre of Seán Gallagher winding up for another tilt at it. Where has he been for the last seven years? Surely he has something better to be doing with himself at this stage of his life?