Norris inching closer to Áras starting line

Independent Senator David Norris may be leading in the opinion polls, but he has not actually secured a place on the ballot paper to contest the Irish Presidential election – yet.  He has now got an 18th signature, albeit from a reluctant Shane Ross, TD.  Others remain undecided.  And Senator Martin McAleese has repeated his refusal to support or nominate any candidate in the election.  Two more Oireachtas signatures are required, by Wednesday, however reluctant they might be…

RTÉ tells us that “around 12 County Councils are to meet in the next few days to decide who they will be supporting”.  The support of at least 4 are required, again by Wednesday, to make the ballot paper.

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  • dodrade

    With McGuinness guaranteed a place on the ballot paper despite all his baggage it would seem very churlish to deny Norris the same opportunity for his much lesser sins.

  • Mark McGregor

    dodrade.

    McGuinness has clearly stated he doesn’t support armed struggle now or in the future.

    Has Norris’ attitude to man-boy love changed to the same level?

  • Framer

    Mark

    The IRA with Martin McGuinness at its head killed some 2,000 people. Norris wrote a letter seeking a lenient sentence for his ex-boyfriend to an Israeli judge.

  • “Norris wrote a letter seeking a lenient sentence for his ex-boyfriend to an Israeli judge.”

    Actually he wrote quite a few letters, seven I think, with most of them addressed to senior Israeli politicians. He’s refusing to release their contents but I’d expect we’ll get a look at them soon.

  • andnowwhat

    One can, arguably, make a case for or against the “armed struggle”.

    Child love is a different issue, although Norris had a good go at it.

    There again, he is a classicist.

  • dwatch

    Be interested to see who the electorate will vote for. Norris a West Brit who loves wearing bowler hats and McGuinness who hates the sight of bowler hats and what they stand for.

  • Pete Baker

    “Has Norris’ attitude to man-boy love changed to the same level?”

    Has McGuinness changed his attitude to what he now claims he never did?

    “Child love is a different issue, although Norris had a good go at it.”

    Just imagine the uproar if, as a heterosexual, David Norris had talked about how, as a younger man, he might well have appreciated the attentions of an older woman.

    As Mick pointed out at the time of the resurrection of that interview.

    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.

    Unless, of course, some people just really don’t like the import of those recent opinion polls…

  • Mick Fealty

    Well it seems the oireactas route has been firmly closed by Mattie McGrath. So it goes to the council repachage.

  • Los Leandros

    I agree with John Waters. Ireland has gone so loony it deserves David Norris. Might as well go the whole hog & let the lunatics totally run the show. It’s like an episode of Monthy Python actually coming to reality !.