McAleese has made a major theme of her presidency a reach-out to the discriminated against in Irish life and she has surely shown a Christian compassion and concern towards them that is truly remarkable.
She was highly unlikely to end that policy and pick sides against gay Irish people in America as her acclaimed presidency reaches its final year.
She has made the right decision in our opinion though doubtless she will ship some criticism in the usual quarters.
Such people should look in the mirror first to see where the real blame lies.
Frankly, this is an issue that should have been resolved years ago.