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Pals rally round as Norris reveals his cancer battle


Senator David Norris  at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 7/3/13

Senator David Norris at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 7/3/13

Senator David Norris at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 7/3/13

FRIENDS and colleagues have rallied round David Norris after he revealed he has cancer.

The former presidential candidate and Independent senator announced he was battling the disease yesterday morning.

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

Since Mr Norris's announcement, friends and supporters have rallied in their support of the 68-year-old politician.

"I know him, love him and admire him," Independent Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell told the Herald.

"I was very upset to hear the news. But he'll beat it. He has tremendous exuberance and a strength that comes from an absolute belief in life," Ms O'Donnell said.

"His energy and exuberance will see him through. He's a great battler who isn't afraid," Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan said.

"If the disease could be fought by will alone, David would be one to do it.

"Knowing his indomitable spirit, he will keep up the fight.

"The presidential campaign took a lot out of him."

Mr Norris chose to make his illness public because he believes "that there should be no stigma attaching to cancer as a disease".

"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 1994," he said. Mr Norris is currently undergoing treatment in St Vincent's Private Hospital in Dublin but hopes to return to the Seanad soon.


"[I] am looking forward to returning to my duties in Seanad Eireann over the next few days," Mr Norris said.

Both Ms O'Donnell and Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said that he was missed from his duties there at the moment.

"He is certainly one of the more active senators and shows what a senator really can do," Ms Bacik said.

"If everyone in the Seanad was like him, there would be no question of getting rid of it," added Ms O'Sullivan.

Each of the three politicians hoped and expected to see him back in the Seanad soon.