Norris takes the initiative to bid to re-enter Presidential election race
Senator formally seeks support from members of the Irish parliament
Senator David Norris has taken the first steps to become a runner in Ireland’s Presidential race again. The controversial academic has met 15 Independent deputies and senators in the Irish parliament to discuss the election.
Boosted by support in a number of recent opinion polls, Norris is keen to re-enter the October election.
He was forced to officially withdraw last month after a series of revelations concerning his support for a former boyfriend convicted of child rape in Israel.
Now Norris is expected to receive backing from at least some of the deputies and senators before formally announcing his decision to run on Friday night’s Late Late Show on Irish television.
Independent deputy Finian McGrath has also invited Special Olympics chief Mary Davis to outline her bid to the group of senators and deputies at Leinster House.
McGrath publicly withdrew his support for Norris in the wake of the Israel controversy but is prepared to listen to the Senator before finalizing his own views on the election.
“The Independent members of the Oireachtas have agreed to meet any Independent presidential candidate or potential candidate. The idea is to ensure everybody gets a fair hearing,” McGrath told the Irish Times.
In a separate development, Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is no longer seen as a likely candidate for Sinn Fein.
The party’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and former UIster agriculture minister Michelle Gildernew are now the frontrunners to contest the presidential election on Sinn Fein’s behalf.
- Notre Dame sues federal government again...
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Caroline Kennedy “selfie” in Japan reveals...
- Smithwick inquiry finds Irish police may...
- Ireland wins top spot on Forbes’ Best Countries
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Married priests could well be Pope Francis'...
- Why Ireland needs to give its emigrants a...
- Pope Francis calls capitalism “new tyranny”...
- Cork mother grieves for husband, son and...
Boo-Hoo ! RUC = NAZI ! They were and still the enemy !'Insulting, offensive, quite outrageous' - Sinn Fein criticised over Smithwick response
More British propaganda !Gerry Adams branded an "apologist for terrorists" by family of slain RUC officer
More British propaganda !Ireland PM - IRA-Garda collusion in murders of RUC officers is 'shocking'
Loyalist/unionist british army and RUC COLLUSION ! hOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE DID THEY KILLED ? boohoo !