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Senator accuses Norris supporters of harassment

Supporters of Senator David Norris have been accused of harassment by an independent senator.

Jilian van Turnhout said she had received abusive emails over her decision not to support Mr Norris's presidential bid.

Speaking on the Ryan Tubridy Show on 2FM this morning, Senator van Turnhout said she felt like she was being harassed.

"It's just a constant barrage. There are many more members of the Oireachtas... but a few of us are being singled out. I don't see why I have to bear the brunt of that pressure."

Senator van Turnhout had posted a message on her Facebook page earlier today asking that supporters of Mr Norris stop contacting her.

"After considerable thought and consideration, I made my decision in July not to support Senator Norris. I met with David and explained my reasons which he accepted amicably. I have had no reason to change my decision. I would now ask that the emails, phone calls etc would stop. While many are polite and well intentioned a number have been abusive and it now feels like harassment. I have made my decision and I will not be changing."

Senator Van Turnhout is the chief executive of the Children's Rights Alliance. She was appointed to the Senate in May 2011 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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