Homophobia rife in political system
The circling of the wagons has begun in earnest against presidential hopeful Senator David Norris at the highest political level. There seems to be a dedicated posse of people committed to digging up anything in Mr Norris's past or present that will bring him down.
Mr Norris is finding it quite difficult because there is now a belief that members of various political parties have been told not to approve his nomination. Just two councillors in the county of Kerry approved his nomination, which shows that the candidate is facing very tough opposition.
Opposition to the senator is also being brought to bear in other ways. Traditionally, only a very small number of candidates put their name forward for the position of President; not more than three usually. There are at least 10 in this election, with most political parties fielding a candidate each and also Independents.