I lost life savings on bid for the presidency, Norris says
SENATOR David Norris has revealed he lost his entire life savings on his failed presidential election campaign and still owes up to €100,000.
However, he is adamant that he will pay off his debts.
Mr Norris said he spent around €400,000 on his campaign -- the vast majority of which came from his own funds.
He said it came as a "bit of a shock" to find himself approaching his 70s without a financial nest egg.
"I lost my entire life savings and I'm in debt to the bank.
"I'm paying off my debts and I will pay them off," he told the 'The Late Late Show' on RTE last night.
The senator said he has managed to clear a lot of his debts, with the revenue from his new autobiography 'A Kick Against the Pricks' going towards this.
However, he admitted that he still owes a "substantial amount", although he has brought this under the €100,000 mark.
He said last year's election, during which he came under fire for his support of his friend Ezra Nawi who was facing charges in Israel of having sex with a minor, had left its mark on him.
"I have not had an unbroken night's sleep in the last year," he said.
Mr Norris accused certain sections of the media of "monstering" him adding that a lot of what was said about him at the time was "factually inaccurate".
"The others (candidates) got a knock here and there. I got it remorselessly... I got it every single day and it was wounding."