Norris's bravura is potent in the public sphere -- but for one area
Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00
I think David Norris is an admirable person and he would make a fine Uachtaran na hEireann when the time comes to return an Irish state visit to Britain.
He is an experienced senator, a Joycean scholar, an accomplished Irish-speaker, a devout member of the Church of Ireland, a person of robust independence of mind and remarkable courage. It should never be forgotten how brave he was during the Troubles, when he provided so much leadership for the Peace Train between Dublin and Belfast.
While the Provisional IRA were trying to show their support for a united Ireland by attempting to sabotage the railway service between Belfast and Dublin, Norris and his Peace Train supporters stubbornly sat inside those train carriages, making the point by their presence that a united Ireland is far more about people moving freely between north and south than it is about bombing passengers on the line. A very courageous act.