Norris silent on unpaid €30,000
INDEPENDENT Senator David Norris refused to give a reason yesterday for his failure to pay a €30,000 public relations bill from his failed presidential campaign.
And he said he would not "make a poor mouth" when so many people were "suffering".
He paid his firm, Paul Allen and Associates, a total of €61,750, but is now in dispute over a further €30,008.
Mr Norris was speaking yesterday after launching Green Week for the 10th year in a row in Trinity College. He told the students who gathered in Trinity's main square how the country was extremely lucky to have Michael D Higgins as President.
He also joked that Green Week should have taken account of the pressure that the rise in the world's population to seven billion was putting on the environment.
"I would have liked to see some information about contraception in Green Week because that's part of saving the planet," he said.
And Mr Norris could not resist a dig at Trinity's chosen waste contractor, Greyhound Recycling, which is providing a free breakfast to housekeeping staff in Trinity as part of Green Week. The company has been at the centre of controversy since it took over the waste collection contract in the Dublin City Council area.
"If there are representatives here, maybe they'll tell me where I could have my bin collected," Mr Norris said.