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Norris should aim for seat in Dail

I hope the suggestion by Frank Schnittger, (Letters, January 12), that Sinn Fein should consider nominating Senator David Norris for the post of President of Ireland, falls on deaf ears.

Mr Schnittger indicated such a move would be "a glorious opportunity for Sinn Fein to demonstrate their non-sectarian and non-discriminatory credentials by nominating an independent, Church of Ireland, openly gay campaigner to run in the election".

There have been eight Presidents of Ireland and two of those have been Protestant. Not a bad percentage.

Mr Norris has, on several occasions, denounced the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising as 'terrorists'. The fact that the incoming President will be in office when the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations take place in 2016, would pose problems for Mr Norris and the State.

Also, in May 2010, Mr Norris called for Ireland to re-join the British Commonwealth. This would amount to a rejection of the separatist aspect of Irish independence.

I would like to see Mr Norris seek election to Dail Eireann. His energy and talents would be wasted by the constraints of office of the President.

Tom Cooper
Knocklyon, Dublin 16

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