Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tape of controversial conversation between David Norris and journalist emerges

Independent.ie reporters

A RECORDING of a controversial conversation between Presidential candidate David Norris and journalist Helen Lucy Burke from 2002 has emerged.

The tape confirms that Mr Norris made a number of comments about the age of consent attributed to him in an article by the journalist originally printed in Magill magazine.

Mr Norris had called on Ms Burke to release the recording, which was played today on RTE’s Liveline, as it would prove he did not make the comments.

He said while he did not find children attractive himself, "classic paedophilia", as practiced in ancient Greece, was something that he would have found interesting.

"Pre-pubescent children who lack any identifying characteristics of sexual maturity, I cannot understand why anybody would find them sexually appropriate.

“It is not something that appeals to me although when I was younger it would most certainly would have appealed to me in that sense that I would have greatly relished the prospect of an older, attractive, mature man taking me under his wing, lovingly introducing me to sexual realities and treating me with affection and teaching me about life.

“I would have enjoyed that,” he said.

Responding to the recording, Mr Norris said there was nothing new in it and he had already dealt with it.

Meanwhile, Mr Norris has said he does not accept Sean Gallagher’s claims to be an independent candidate on the back of a number of articles linking him to Fianna Fail.

Speaking this afternoon while canvassing at University College Cork and in Cork City, Mr Norris said he wanted to be a watchdog President who would put the welfare of the people first.

Mr Norris also said it was appropriate for fellow candidate Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness to be questioned about the killing of Detective Garda Gerry McCabe and whether he had “consorted” with his killers after the event.

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