Dublin (CB) – Political Pundits across Ireland are saying famous British comedian and actor Stephen Fry may just have tipped the scales of the October Irish Presidential elections.  Yesterday on Twitter Fry endorsed Senator David Norris causing online bookmaker Paddy Power to put Norris as the 3 to 5 odds on frontrunner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You know what the endorsement of a prominent Cambridge educated gay Englishman does for your chances in Ireland,” Irish political blogger Paddy McCann wrote moments after Fry’s Tweet.  “Can you say ‘Winner’?”

David Norris is a prominent Irish civil rights campaigner and has been elected to the Irish Senate or Seanad Éireann from the Dublin University constituency since 1987.

A local brickie from the Tallaght neighborhood of South Dublin was asked what he thought of Fry’s endorso-tweet.  “I hate the fucking English, I voted Sinn Féin in the last election.  But Fry?  He’s a national treasure, Norris has got me vote now for sure.”

The Irish Presidential race is shaping up to be a crowded one with a diverse range of candidates from Boutros Boutros Ghali to Barry Glendenning vying for the largely ceremonial role.

The successful endorsement of Irish politicians by gay Englishmen is not without precedent.  In 1989 Erasure’s lead singer Andy Bell’s endorsement of Charles Haughey’s is generally credited with Fianna Fáil’s 77 seat victory in the Taoiseach.

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Comments
  1. Marc says:

    Personally I hope Martin McGuinness becomes the next president of Ireland. He is committed to the Irish language, undertsnads the needs and issues of the average person struggling in this difficult economy and given the work he has done in the Irish peace process I think he would be the perfect choice as 2016 gets ever closer.

    • Paul says:

      Martin McGuiness is not being honest about his involvement in the IRA. I would have more respect for him if he just came out and told the truth. But everyone in the country knows he is lying. SO straight away you have a trust issue there. I cant vote for someone I know is lying to the Irish people and basically treating them like fools. I dont care that much about the Irish Language. I am still Irish without it. And Martin is no less of an Irish man because he is not fluent in it either.

  2. Marc says:

    I believe it’s still a crime punishable by jail to admit being in the IRA in the UK and would debar him from his seat in Westminster…?

  3. There is definately a lot to know about this issue.
    I love all the points you’ve made.

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