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Norris's 'uphill struggle' to win Aras backing

DAVID Norris was today desperately trying to win back support for a late presidential bid with backers admitting he faces an "uphill struggle".

The senator was locked in talks with his inner circle this weekend trying to establish whether he would have enough support to secure a sensational place on the presidential ticket.


Sources close to him have admitted that he has not yet decided on whether he will stage a dramatic re-entry into the race and that he will today continue to lobby TDs and Senators.

Mr Norris refused to be drawn on his intentions when contacted by the Herald at his home in North Great Georges Street today.

"I'm about to have a shave and a shower and have nothing to say on the matter," he said.

The Herald understands that Mr Norris believes he has the support of at least 12 Oireachtas members - eight short of the 20 names required to secure his nomination.

And the refusal by Independent TDs such as Finian McGrath, Thomas Pringle, Catherine Murphy and John Halligan to return their support means he will need to convince a number of Fianna Fail members to back him.

One of Mr Norris' closest supporters, Dublin Central TD Maureen O'Sullivan, told the Herald today she believes he will "struggle" to secure enough support.

"I've always maintained my support for David and that hasn't change. But there's no doubt he has been damaged. I really don't know, it will be a struggle."