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Ex-candidate added vitality to a dull race

There will be celebrations in the fortresses of conservatism with the withdrawal of David Norris from the race for the Irish presidency (News, August 3).

Where there was once colour and vitality, now the Republic's electorate will be given the choice of safe, dull, soulless candidates who have not, and never will, put a foot wrong.

I don't know if Mr Norris would have made a 'good' president, but he would certainly have made an interesting one.

The south's electorate is being deprived of the opportunity to have its say and whoever gets the office will always have the 'what if?' hanging over their election.

JOHN ROGERS

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