Now there is nothing particularly controversial in what Senator Norris said. He did not back paedophilia, and in fact he was candid about an aspect of his younger life the effects of which at the time were mostly positive in a country that has been travelling from gay negative to a gay positive attitudes.
But the truth is that whilst Senator Norris’s unclubbable and irrepressible dissenting voice is an undoubted boon to the Seanad and Irish public life generally, the largely ceremonial office of the Irish Presidency may be better suited to someone who is somewhat less inclined to be so candid and open about his personal life, and other matters.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty