Her acceptance speech was classic McAleese: informed, heartfelt, genuinely supportive and speaking as a president for all of the Irish people.
She will be a very tough act to follow. I hope the Irish public will keep her example in mind when they go to the polls to elect a new president on Friday.
With the support of her husband Martin, McAleese's presidential style was quietly self-effacing, so much so that it's startling to recognize how transformative it actually was.
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