Senator David Norris was in Waterford on Monday afternoon last to address 200 enthralled students at City Hall.
Politician, scholar, human rights activist and now aspirant presidential candidate, Senator Norris spoke on a wide range of issues, regaling the audience with time honoured energy and enthusiasm.
Speaking as part of the Waterford College of Further Education lecture series, Senator Norris made clear his ambition to reach Áras an Uachtaráin.
“It would be good to have somebody who is not part of a party,” he said.
“I can’t be controlled as much!” he jokingly added, before clarifying that he would, of course, conform to the expected behaviour of a President.
But could Senator Norris’s left-wing views deter many potential voters?
a ‘left-wing loony.’ I love it! I love that description,” he said.
He spoke of the development of the office of President of Ireland and its transformation from a role once reserved for retired politicians, to the more prominent role it became when Mary Robinson took charge in 1990.
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