Pringle says he will not be backing Senator Norris

Donegal South West Deputy Thomas Pringle has said his position hasn't changed over a letter penned by David Norris to Israeli authorities seeking clemency for his former lover, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old Palestinian boy.

Senator Norris is expected to make further contact with TD's and Senators today as part of his attempt to run for president.

With less than a week to go until the nomination deadline, he's five signatures away from meeting the required level of support amongst members of the Oireachtas.

Deputy Pringle said he would be meeting with Norris this afternoon, but his position will not change:

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