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Norris looks into crystal ball but denies future is clouded by letters controversy

Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00

Presidential hopeful David Norris does some crystal-ball gazing with Madame Lee in Ballinasloe
Presidential hopeful David Norris does some crystal-ball gazing with Madame Lee in Ballinasloe
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DAVID Norris couldn't quite see the future but he did make a few predictions.

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Gazing into Madam Lee's crystal ball, the senator strained to see the outcome of the presidential race.

But the only thing he could predict with certainty is that he will not -- most definitely not -- be releasing the controversial letters he had sent to the Israeli courts appealing for clemency on behalf of his former partner.

The constant media calls for him to release the letters just "aren't gaining traction", he said while attending the Ballinasloe Horse Fair in Galway yesterday.

"People are welcoming," he beamed as he pressed the flesh, hugged babies, and pretended to haggle for horses.

Wearing a pair of suspiciously clean wellies, he trudged through the fields at the show and talked to as many people as would pause to speak to him.

An expected 80,000 people will have attended the fair by next weekend -- and Mr Norris made sure to meet as many of those as possible who were present yesterday.

He admitted to being more familiar with the workings of the Seanad than that of horse trading -- but agreed that he would sign the order to abolish the Upper House "if that's what the people vote for".

Irish Independent

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