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Damian O'Farrell outlines his reasons for voting against the nomination of David Norris.

Damian O'Farrell outlines his reasons for voting against the nomination of David Norris.

Cllr Damian O'Farrell attracted much attention when he spoke out against Dublin City Council supporting the nomination of Senator David Norris for the Irish Presidency. He outlines to Michael FitzGerald his support for child protection outweighs David's rights as an adult, coupled with David's failure to asnwer questions which were important to Damian's values. In a very candid interview Damian admits he does not believe David to be a paedophile or a danger to children, or that Damian harbours any animosity towards the gay community and would be a supporter of gay rights. He concedes the age-of-consent can blur the debate, and offers that age, class, education and wealth gaps can blur the issue, but the overall concern must be protection of minors. He contrasts David's record with that of Martin McGuinness, who was nominated by Finian McGrath, Damian's close colleague, and showing true independence declares it not to be an action he would have undertaken.

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