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Encyclopedia > David Norris (campaigner)
Senator David Norris
Senator David Norris

David Patrick Bernard Norris (b. July 1, 1944) is an Irish civil rights campaigner, former university lecturer and longtime member of Seanad √Čireann (the Irish Senate). He is the founder of the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform with current President of Ireland Mary McAleese and had Mary Robinson as one of his campaign's legal advisors. A prominent member of the Church of Ireland, he has been spoken of as possibly the next President of Ireland, having been offered a nomination in for the 1997 presidential election. Senator David Norris Copied from www. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... The Seanad Chamber The Seanad meets in the former picture gallery in Leinster House. ... The Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform was an organisation set up to campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s. ... The President of Ireland (Irish: Uachtarán na hÉireann) is the head of state of the Republic of Ireland. ... Mary Patricia McAleese (Irish name Máire Mhic Ghiolla Íosa; born 27 June 1951) is the eighth, and current, President of Ireland. ... Mary Robinson (Irish name Máire Mhic Róibín; born 21 May 1944) was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. ... Church of Ireland The Church of Ireland (Irish: Eaglais na hÉireann) is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion, operating seamlessly across the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ...


David Norris was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland. A resident of North Great George's Street in Dublin, he is a member of the Irish Georgian Society and is an active campaigner for the preservation of Irish Georgian buildings. Senator Norris is also a well-known Joycean scholar, and plays a large part in Dublin's annual Bloomsday celebrations. Senator Norris's razor-sharp wit has made him a popular figure in modern Irish political life. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... The Irish Georgian Society (IGS) is a group concerned with conservation of the Irish architectural heritage. ... A Georgian house in Salisbury Georgian architecture at Royal Crescent, Bath, seen from a hot air balloon. ... James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Seamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... Bloomsday is a holiday observed annually on June 16 to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and commemorate the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. ...


Norris was born in Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo. When his father died Norris, then a small child, went to Ireland for the first time. Norris' cousins came to meet him when he arrived in Dublin by ship. Norris has spoken of the disappointment on the faces of his cousins when they discovered that their 'African' cousin was not black. Kinshasa (formerly Léopoldville) is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ... Capital Léopoldville Government Protectorate Created 1908 Dissolved 1960 Official language(s) French, Dutch The Belgian Congo was the formal title of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between King Léopold IIs formal relinquishment of personal control over the state to Belgium on 15 November 1908...


Norris is a Louis Armstrong fan. He is a strong critic of both loyalist and republican terrorism. He has spoken of the unease he felt as a youngster about the identification of being Irish with being Catholic. Norris has been seen to observe controversial Orange marches in Northern Ireland on behalf of the Republic of Ireland. Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901[1] – July 6, 1971) (also known by the nickname Satchmo, for satchel-mouth and Pops) was an American jazz musician. ...


Norris represents the graduates of Trinity College, Dublin in the Irish Senate. Norris describes himself as a human rights activist and he has campaigned against some of the actions of the US during the war on terror such as the confinement of suspects in Guantanamo Bay.


Norris took his case to the Irish Supreme Court in 1977 in an attempt to have the law against homosexual acts struck down. He failed. Norris's argument had been that this law, dating back to Ireland's membership of the United Kingdom, was repugnant to the Irish constitution. This law was repealed in 1993.


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