Norris's wave of support
Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00
PRESIDENTIAL hopeful senator David Norris was celebrating "coming in" rather than "coming out" on the campaign trail last night.
"I have so gloriously come in from the margins and I think we've learnt to accept and celebrate diversity and I'd like to bring in other people who still are marginalised," he said at a public meeting in the Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare, Co Kerry, last night.
"I was in Portlaoise on St Patrick's Day, I was the grand marshal and rural Ireland is supposed to be conservative and they're supposed to not want to have anything to do with me but my country people in Laois took me to their hearts.
"They were shouting their approval of me and I just wished that my grandfather, my aunt, my grandmother and my mother were there because they would not have dreamed that somebody from my background, with the marginalised aspects of my life, would have come in so much to the hearts of the Irish people."
Mr Norris also ruled out there being an "agreed" candidate despite mounting speculation that there could be. "There can't be an agreed candidate because I signalled it is my intention to apply to the people of Ireland for the job of representing them here and abroad," he said.