Sunday 17 November 2019

Fighting talk from Norris as he puts Aras bid on parade

Barry Duggan

Independent senator and presidential candidate David Norris at the Northside Learning Hub in Limerick yesterday.

It is not appropriate for us to touch our forelock to Europe -- and the Government is fighting back in a dignified way, presidential candidate David Norris said yesterday.

Urging the Government to continue to fight the country's corner in Europe, he said he was pleased with the approach adopted by the new administration in the negotiations concerning our economic crisis.

"We have to fight. I don't mean that we have to take Mr Chopra (head of the IMF) and give him an upper-cut, but I think we have to be very clear, very firm and very precise.

"It looks to me sometimes as if they are shaking our hand with one hand and then sort of getting us in an armlock with the other, and I don't think that is a sensible thing to do."

Mr Norris said the country was not isolated in its current economic position.

"Just as all the Irish people are in this difficulty together, all the nations of Europe are in this together.

"We are not isolated -- our financial situations are interlinked. If one goes down, they are all in trouble," he said.

Mr Norris said the country had suffered more severe times than the current recession.

"I think it has been a very heavy weight. I was going to use the word 'crushing' but we are not a people to be crushed.

"We have been through worse than this and what gets us out of it... is a sense of community. That comes out in the difficult times."

He said leading today's parade through Portlaoise, Co Laois, will be the best St Patrick's Day he has ever had.

"I want to boast. My best St Patrick's Day is tomorrow... my people came from Laois -- my Fitzpatrick ancestors."

Irish Independent

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