In an interview with the Donegal Democrat a Fianna Fail councillor has stated that Senator David Norris should be given the democratic right to run for the Presidency and will be advocating this at next Monday’s meeeting of Donegal Co. Council.
Cllr. Brendan Byrne told this newspaper, “Senator Norris should be given the right to run and I feel the recent indecision and lack of clarity by the current leadership has left Fianna Fail as an irrelevant political force.
“We have always valued our democracy and fought hard to attain it - we have never shied away from facing the electorate.
“Currently with the conflicting directives from Fianna Fail we are not clear what is expected of us - whether we are in a position to back a candidate of our choice.
“I firmly believe it is now a matter of personal choice and I will be exercising my democratic right next Monday at Council level - I feel that it is totally unacceptable for a leadership to dictate that in the absence of a party candidate that they should issue a mandate saying that endorsements should be giving to any candidate.
“I will be supporting Senator Norris’s attempts at the Co. Council meeting on Monday,” concluded the outspoken councillor.
Bundoran’s Cllr. Sean McEniff added, “I think that as a democratic country, David Norris should be allowed to run for office - I have already committed my support to another candidate but I firmly believe that the Senator should be afforded the opportunity to put his name forward and will be voicing my opinion on Monday at Council level.”