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Norris, David (b. 1944)  
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The revelation that Norris had asked for clemency for someone accused of sex with a minor was particularly disturbing in Ireland, given the fact that the country has been roiled by news of clergy abuse of children and its cover-up by the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

In announcing his decision to quit the race, Norris stated, "I do not regret supporting and seeking clemency for a friend, but I do regret giving the impression that I did not have sufficient compassion for the victim of Ezra's crime," adding that his "motivation to write the letter was out of love and concern" and fear that Nawi might take his own life.

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After the revelations Norris lost the backing of several legislators. Without the official support of the requisite number to qualify as presidential candidate Norris ruefully bowed out of the race on August 2, 2011.

However, several weeks later polls showed that Norris remained a viable candidate, so he re-launched the presidential campaign. When the votes were counted on October 27, 2011, Norris had finished fourth. He congratulated the Labour Party candidate, Michael Higgins, on his win and pledged his support.

Linda Rapp

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Davidson, Alan, and Ann Sieber. "Portrait of the Irish Senator as a Gay Activist." OutSmart (April 2001).

Fathers, Michael. "Irish Champion of, Ahem, 'Fringe' Activity; Ireland's Leading Gay Rights Activist Has Crossed Swords with the Roman Catholic Church." The Independent (London) (January 28, 1990): 14.

Flanagan, Pat. "Blogger: I'm Glad Senator Was Exposed." The Mirror(August 3, 2011): 6.

Harkin, Mark. "James Joyce's Ulysses: Why the Fuss?" (2004).

Holland, Mary. "They're Here, They're Queer--And Now They're Legal." The Irish Times (July 1, 1993): 10.

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Norris, David. "Decriminalising Homosexual Acts an Historic Event." The Irish Times (June 25, 1993): 12.

O'Halloran, Mary. "Changing of Law Takes 15 Years." The Irish Times (June 25, 1993): Dail Report, 5.

O'Reilly, Ronan. "Gay David's Sadness at Love Break." The Sun (London) (August 13, 2001): 15.

Williams, Eoghan. "Portrait of a Senator as an Arts Man." The Sunday Independent (Ireland) (June 20, 2004): Global News Wire.


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    Entry Title: Norris, David  
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