Saturday 20 January 2018

Senator David Norris confirms 'serious cancer condition'

Senator David Norris
Senator David Norris

Fiach Kelly

INDEPENDENT Senator David Norris has confirmed that he is battling cancer.

In a statement, the veteran gay rights campaigner said he is undergoing medical treatment for for a serious cancer condition but is looking forward to returning to the Seanad in the coming days.

It is understood Mr Norris attended St Vincent's Hospital recently for treatment.

"I am currently undergoing medical management for a serious cancer condition," he said.

"I am extremely grateful for the superb treatment I have received from the team of consultants at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital as well as the nursing and general hospital staff.

"The cancer appears to be related to the initial incidence of viral hepatitis which I contracted from tainted drinking water while I was on unpaid Government business in Eastern Europe in 1994.

"I have no difficulty in making this information public in response to press queries because I believe that there should be no stigma attaching to cancer as a disease.

"I continue to enjoy life and am looking forward to returning to my duties in Seanad Eireann over the next few days.

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