David Norris an early leader. Fianna Fail waiting to back the winner?..

Not sure we should put too much store on what polls say this far out from November’s Presidential election (the first one in 14 years, it should be noted). Fianna Fail are vacillating (as are Sinn Fein), pretty certain that no one but Brian Crowley, their resilient and poll topping MEP in Munster, stands a pups chance of stablising the vote.

In the meantime, there’s not a huge lot between the three leading contenders, but Fianna Fail’s man is definitely taking up the rear:

Mr Norris, at 25 per cent, leads Mr Mitchell at 21 per cent; Mr Higgins at 18 per cent; Mr Gallagher 13 at per cent; Ms Davis at 12 per cent and Mr Ó Cuív at 11 per cent.

Interesting. I suspect Fianna Fail know very well, there’s nothing in this race for them so close after their defeat. Pat Leahy writing on Sunday suggested they could be hanging back to see how the wind blows (till early September is what Micheal Martin told Mary Wilson this evening), and may give their backing to Norris if this lead lengthens or at least looks durable.

There may be little or no margin in this one for the party directly, but not coming second to Sinn Fein has to be a key priority for the new man at Dev’s old helm…

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  • Alias

    “Fianna Fail’s man is definitely taking up the rear:”

    For a second there, I thought that Mr Norris must have joined FF…

    Out of that lot, the only person I’d consider voting for is Ó Cuív.

  • wee buns

    My beef with Norris is that he has been prone to self aggrandizing & in particular, to playing the homophobia card when unrelated issues of injustice arise.

    As he did for example in relation to Cathal-not- Oscar Wilde O’Searcaigh, the Donegal poet whose work incidentally has since been removed from the Leaving Certificate curriculum as a result of his exploitative and pederasty activities in Nepal.

    It is in this context that we see Norris’s otherwise strongish record on human rights fall abruptly short of what would be expected of a president.

    One can’t help but envisage that he might readily mistake a diplomatic issue for ‘homophobia’ and no number of cutesy bearded gay-best-friend photos on the cover of Quilting Monthly will convince me otherwise.

  • Greenflag

    Good to see Norris holding his own . I wonder how today’s lambasting of the Vatican State by Enda Kenny will impact Gay Mitchell’s support . It won’t do Senator Norris any harm either . FF won’t contest this election -its too soon after their recent debacle and no potential candidate stands a bat’s chance in hell of being in contention . They’ll probably want to keep FG out so Norris stands to get FF , Labour second preferences and independent votes .

    The Legion of the Rearguard’s candidate O’Cuiv (O’Keefe to non Gaelgoirs i.e Dev’s grandson will if he runs probably bring up the rear 😉 and that would be a shocking result for the party and confirmation that their rehabilitation if any is decades away . It’s becoming ever more clear to a large section of Irish voters that not only did FF sacrifice the future of the country for the sake of their Anglo Irish and property mogul supporters 🙁 but many of them are still in denial of their collective party political failure .

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    Uuughhhhh ….O Cuiv for President?….perish the thought!

    Looks that there will be a gay in the aras, whether in name or nature!