TheE campaign to secure the office of President of Ireland has thrown up, to use a quote from one of the hopefuls, “all kinds of everything”.
At the beginning of the year, very few people would have bet on the race for the Áras becoming so dramatic and catching the imagination of the entire country.
And the media has played an intrinsic role in creating and encouraging this spectacle.
Since the names of possible candidates first started to emerge earlier this year, the power of the media has been strikingly evident, with nobody immune from criticism or controversy.