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No interview slot for David Norris on tonight's Late Late Show

The Presidential debate on RTE1 tonight consists of short interviews with candidates, followed by debate among all seven – but Norris already had his Late Late interview.

David Norris leaving the Late Late Show two Fridays ago
David Norris leaving the Late Late Show two Fridays ago
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE SEVEN CANDIDATES for the presidency will appear on the Late Late Show tonight. But while all seven will be involved in the debate, only six of them will be receiving an initial individual interview with host Ryan Tubridy.

TheJournal.ie understands that David Norris will not be receiving the interview in which candidates are allowed to present reasons why voters should plump for them – because he was already the subject of an interview on the Late Late two weeks ago. That interview was a great deal longer than any which the other candidates will receive tonight.

He will, however, be part of the round-table debate involving the seven candidates which will follow the initial interviews. (TheJournal.ie will be liveblogging the interviews and debate for your added fun later this evening.)

The Presidential section will not kick off until part 2 of the Late Late Show tonight, after an interview with Jedward. In a bid to change up the running order in which the candidates appear from debate to debate, RTE are believed to have conducted a draw to determine who goes first tonight. Gay Mitchell will be first out of the traps according to the results of a draw overseen by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The Fine Gael-nominated candidate is clearly looking forward to the evening. He – or at least his official Twitter account – tweeted this earlier:

Play: Presidential Election Bingo!

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