IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Monday, February 22, 2010
65, a former Trinity College Dublin lecturer who has led
the campaign for gay rights in
The Irish presidential election is scheduled for 2011, when current occupant Mary McAleese steps down after two terms.
The Irish President does not play a role in party politics, which is left to the Prime Minister, but has a powerful symbolic and legal oversight function. Occupants such as McAleese and former President Mary Robinson have greatly increased the visibility and importance of the job
A group of influential liberal supporters have now begun circulating a petition and forming a Facebook site for Norris to run for president.
The online petition states in part:
"In 2011 we will have the
opportunity to change
“We believe that Senator Norris
is an individual of principle, pride and social justice and that his values
reflect those of a changing
We only ask for you signature, a
small part in ensuring that the best Candidate becomes
Norris may well have good prospects for the job. The negative attitude towards party politicians in the current recession means he may be in a position to capitalize as an independent voice.
also a skilled campaigner and debater and would appeal to the more upscale
Last year Norris acknowledged that he has macular degeneration in his eyes, a progressive condition that could eventually blind him.
However, he stated that so far the condition has not affected him appreciably apart from giving up night driving.