Despite a week of controversy, Independent Senator, David Norris remains committed to seeking a nomination in the race for President.
By Leonie McKiernan
The well-known Seanad representative made a visit to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday as part of a two-day visit to Counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Longford. He met with representatives of the business community including members of Carrick Chamber of Commerce and also spoke with locals during a quick walk around the county town.
In recent days Senator Norris has come under fire for comments made previously on the age of consent in particular. He has also been criticised by some circles who claim he is pro-abortion - a claim he denies.
Speaking with the Leitrim Observer following his visit, Senator Norris said that he felt he had answered his critics on all the issues in recent days and was now moving forward with his campaign.
He directed anyone who wanted to question his standing on various issues to his website www.norrisforpresident.ie and stressed that he felt the controversy had been dealt with.
“Can I tell you I’ve had tougher weeks than this. As far as I’m concerned I’ve got through it. I’m very happy, I’m not disturbed by it, I was, but the past is the past, the present is the present and the future is mine,” he said.
“I don’t feel that I am a personal target for critics. I don’t think there is any hatred against me from anybody but I think that I am just being used to attack what people call the liberal agenda. I make no bones about the fact that I am liberal. I don’t think that it’s a dirty word.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.