Wednesday 23 August 2017

Norris's naivety begs serious questions about his judgment

HE IS a bright man, familiar with the ways of the media, so there is no way Senator David Norris could have believed he would get through a presidential election campaign without his infamous 'Magill' interview becoming a hot topic.

It is a little naive of him to wonder why, after 10 years, this interview containing quotes from him on the nature of paedophilia and sexuality is yet again coming to light. The surprise is that it didn't surface earlier. To borrow a phrase most closely associated with presidential elections in Ireland -- on mature reflection David must have realised that the almost greater surprise is that it didn't get him into even bigger trouble at the time.

A quick Google search at any time in the decade would have unearthed details of the interview and that particular quote concerning older men, younger men and boys. The search engine would also have thrown up a few results to remind you that the senator was one of the very few people to defend poet Cathal O Searcaigh over the nature of his relationships with teenagers in Nepal.

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