Alex Massie

Paddy Hillery RIP

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Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland from 1976-1990, has died. From the Telegraph's obituary:

As president, Hillery's main achievement was the restoration of stability to the office; this he accomplished largely through invisibility and silence.

If only other Presidents - and especially ones with more power - could be persuaded to follow Paddy Hillery's excellent example...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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