Ian O’Doherty: ‘Whether you agree with wearing a poppy or not, it’s only right that we honour a generation of young Irishmen killed in foreign fields’

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Ian O’Doherty: ‘Whether you agree with wearing a poppy or not, it’s only right that we honour a generation of young Irishmen killed in foreign fields’


Poppies on wooden crosses in the Field of Remembrance at Royal Wootton Bassett. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Poppies on wooden crosses in the Field of Remembrance at Royal Wootton Bassett. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

As has become our wont, this year’s presidential campaign was a bruising and, some would say, farcical affair.

Outside observers were stunned by the levels of vitriol and rancour which surrounded the race for what is essentially a ceremonial role with some seldom- deployed Constitutional powers.

While Michael D Higgins ended the clear winner, his halo was undeniably tarnished.

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