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Poll: Do you think Norris' comments about sexuality will damage his presidential bid?

Senator David Norris is under fire for comments he made in a 2002 interview about sexuality and paedophilia. Do you think the controversy will derail his bid for the Aras?

SENATOR AND Presidential hopeful David Norris has insisted comments about paedophilia made by him during a 2002 interview with Magill – and circulated again yesterday – were “misleading” and taken out of context. He has asked people to judge him on his performance in office, and “on the causes and campaigns, for which I have fought.”

In the interview with restaurant critic Helen Lucy Burke, he reportedly said that he didn’t understand “how anybody could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive”, but “in terms of classic paedophilia as practised by Greeks, for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it.” Read the full context of the comments here >

In a recent TheJournal.ie poll, he was the favourite choice to succeed Mary McAleese in the Aras, with an overwhelming 53 per cent of the votes.

But do you think comments made in an interview 9 years ago could damage his chances of becoming Ireland’s next President?

Poll Results:

They shouldn't but they will (1080)
No: this will blow over (867)
Yes: these comments damage him (712)
I don't know (109)

Read more: Norris insists Magill article took sexuality comments out of context >

Read the Magill article in full: Page 1Page 2Page 3 >

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Jennifer O'Connell

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