Irish Rebel

November 02, 1990

It will be the breakthrough of the decade if Mary Robinson is elected figurehead president of the Irish Republic on Wednesday, as polls predict. Senator Robinson is female, from the un-nationalistic Labor Party and a crusader against Catholic Church influence in the laws of morality.

The front-runner, Brian Lenihan of the Fianna Fail Party, is in disgrace for 1982 political behavior recently revealed. The logical beneficiary from the Fine Gael Party is Austin Currie, a former civil rights leader from Northern Ireland, about which the Republic's voters are secretly tepid.

Senator Robinson, mother of three, symbolizes a modern Ireland freed of old preoccupations. A true Irish rebel. A woman for the times.

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