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Norris Campaign Ends Amidst Controversy

Senator David Norris has announced that he is to withdraw from the race to be the next Irish president after his campaign became emroiled in controversy.

The Senator made the much anticipated announcement during a press conference in Dublin today.

Mr Norris` campaign grinded to a sudden halt this week after two of his main aides resigned from his campaign, citing his role in aiding a convict, who was an ex partner, to obtain leniency from authorities. Earlier today, three politicians  who had backed Norris withdrew their support thus making Norris` position as a candidate in the presidential race untenable. 

It emerged the senator and equality campaigner had written a clemency letter to Israeli authorities 14 years ago for his former partner, who was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Mr Norris said he deeply regretted the controversy concerning his former partner, Ezra Nawi, but not the writing of the letter.

“The fall-out from his disgraceful behaviour has now spread to me and is in danger of contaminating others close to me both in my political and personal life,” he said. “It is essential that I act decisively now to halt this negative process.”

“I do not regret supporting and seeking clemency for a friend, but I do regret giving the impression that I did not have sufficient compassion for the victim of Ezra’s crime.”

Norris was widely regarded by many as the most favoured successor to Mary McAleese, but now with the October election looming it looks like a tense battle for the Àras between Labour candidate Michael D Higgins and Fine Gael`s Gay Mitchell.