Sunday 18 March 2018

David Norris: My Seanad plea was not for my lover

SENATOR David Norris said that he never made representations in the Seanad for his former partner Tevfik Akin, contrary to a report in yesterday’s Sun newspaper.

He said that the report that he intervened on behalf of Algerian-born Mr Akin’s citizenship application was untrue.

“Tevfik already had his residency and his passport before I even met him. The report refers to an intervention I made on behalf of another individual altogether,” he said.

The newspaper reported that Mr Norris raised the case of Mr Akin in April 2007, but Mr Norris said that on reading the transcript of the debate last night he realised that the matter referred to another Algerian man, unnamed, on whose part he intervened.

This man was in the Seanad gallery for the debate and in the discussion Mr Norris referred to him saying: “This man is a friend of mine and my partner Tevfik”.

Mr Norris told the Irish Times: “When you raise individual cases like this you are absolutely prohibited from using their name. It is the rule of the Seanad. The person could not be named. You supply the name to the Minister for Justice in complete confidence. I merely referred to him as being a friend of both Tevfik’s and mine. If it were Tevfik I would not have been allowed to name him.”

Irish Independent

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