Monday 5 December 2016

Why are we still turning a blind eye to Norris's past?

Published 17/09/2011 | 05:00

What sort of magic dust has David Norris been sprinkling that has the public, so many of his political colleagues and considerable sections of the media, apparently under some sort of a spell?

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How else to explain the tolerance with which people have greeted his by now farcical bid to be Ireland's next president? I wrote at the beginning of June that my central reservation concerning Norris was his judgment, and that was on the back of his 'Magill' interview being rehashed.

It's worth pointing out that this was ahead of revelations concerning the letter of clemency he wrote to an Israeli court on behalf of his former partner Ezra Yitzhak Nawi in 1997. Nawi was convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy.

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