Colleagues in the Seanad Independent Group this week paid tribute to Senator David Norris after he confirmed that he will be retiring next January , completing his political career as the longest-serving Irish senator.
Senator Norris is credited with having overthrown Ireland’s anti-homosexuality law following a campaign involving court cases that lasted for over 14 years. He was the founder of the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform and was the first openly gay person elected to public office in Ireland.
Group whip Senator Michael McDowell spoke highly of his colleague during the Order of Business in the Seanad Camber saying, “I want to express my deep sense of friendship, gratitude and loyalty to a member of my group.”
Group leader Senator Victor Boyhan followed in with a tribute of his own. He said, “David has actually confirmed that the story in this interview is true. He has good plans, and I wish him well. I want to join my colleagues in paying tribute to David Norris.”
Senator Norris will split his time between Cyprus and Dublin once he retires from the Seanad.
PHOTO COURTESY OF Seanad Independent Group
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