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Tuesday 20 March 2018

'I will try to right my error of judgement on Norris’

The Mayor of Galway, Hildegarde Naughton is attempting to do a U-turn on her decision which denied Senator David Norris the right to address Galway City Council in September in his bid to get sufficient backing to run for president.

With the results from the vote in the council chamber tied at seven all, Fine Gael's Naughton used her casting vote against the motion denying Senator Norris' request to back his presidential candidacy.

Ms Naughton described her decision as an 'error of judgement' and that in retrospect she felt that Mr. Norris should have the opportunity to come before the council.

"I should have used my casting vote to allow Senator Norris to address the chamber," she told Morning Ireland today.

Ms Naughton confirmed that she will be supporting the Fine Gael candidate in the presidential race. However she admitted that she should have allowed Mr Norris the opportunity to put his point of view across.

Two other prominent local politicians, ex-Galway mayors Michael Conneally and Michael Crowe have made it clear they will not support Norris’ request.

Senator Norris got backing from the Labour councillors and a number of independent councillors also supported the request.

The attempt to get a re-vote in Galway comes as Fine Gael have taken a very strong anti-Norris line at national level with the emergence of Gay Mitchell as victor in the weekend FG candidacy race.

It is expected that local Fine Gael politicians will be told to continue the opposition to the Joycean scholar. Currently riding high in the popularity polls, he is clearly seen as the man the party has to beat if they are to finally achieve a Fine Gael president in the Aras.

Galway Council had also refused to meet representatives of Independent Mary Davis, but after a discussion on the issue, the members decided by vote to allow her to address the body in September.

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