Absent from the general coverage was any but the barest suggestion of the potential child abuser's controversial statements. Despite Ireland's best efforts to remain blind, there were skeletons that could scare even that moribund body politic. Although some interesting things have come to light, like this revelation from Irish Independent.
His first campaign imploded over the August bank holiday weekend, when it emerged Mr Norris wrote letters to Israeli judges in 1997 seeking clemency for his former lover Ezra Nawi, who had been convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy.
Apparently, the nail in the coffin came when it was revealed that he had been receiving disability payments while also receiving his Senator's salary.