Monday 16 January 2017

No to Norris

Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00

•I applaud Sean Domhnaill (Letters, September 26) for saying David Norris must remove himself from the presidential race. I've worked as a therapist with adults who were sexually abused as children for close to 20 years. To this day, I still struggle to find words to describe the incredibly damaging effects of such abuse.

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We have been scandalised the world over not only by the incidence of child sexual abuse in this country but its severity. Many of the accounts I have heard would be deemed inconceivable to a listener.

The reports and subsequent controversy about the church's response to these victims is still unsettled, yet we are actually considering electing a man to presidential office who sought clemency for a child abuser. That is inconceivable.

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