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.