John Drennan: FG and Labour may aid Norris
Parties push candidacy
Published 26/06/2011 | 05:00
A cross-party consensus is emerging between Fine Gael and Labour that some way must be found to ensure David Norris gets on the ballot paper for the presidential election.
The Trinity senator is struggling to secure the necessary council support but top figures within both parties now believe democracy will be damaged "if he is not on the pitch''.
The view is not entirely altruistic. Fine Gael wants to get Mr Norris "on the pitch so we can get him off the pitch once he's there'', while the Labour Party favours a Norris candidacy on the grounds that [Labour candidate] "Michael D [Higgins] will be best-positioned to secure his transfers when he goes out''.