PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Senator David Norris visited Dundalk on Friday where he spoke at an All-Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference in the Fairways Hotel before being given a guided tour of the County Museum.
Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat on his visit, Senator Norris said that mental health was a strong theme of his presidential election campaign and that he was delighted to speak at the conference as he believed occupational therapy was an “invaluable tool for helping those who are mentally unwell.”
He said: “Mental health was the first pillar of my campaign but I didn’t realise until I raised it that it was such a big issue for people. I simply did it because I felt it was important.”
Senator Norris described his visit to Dundalk as a “very enjoyable day” and said he particularly enjoyed his visit to the County Museum where he expressed his hope that he would become the replacement for Mary McAleese in the Áras later this year.
Dundalk Democrat photographer Arthur Kinahan told him that he had pictured the last three presidents – Patrick Hillary, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese – in Dundalk and Senator Norris expressed his hope that he would be the fourth.
After meeting with staff at the County Museum and Town Council chairman Cllr Conor Keelan, Senator Norris was given a tour of the facility by Curator Brian Walsh.
As well as being fascinated by the Heinkel Bubble Car, Senator Norris took in many more highlights of the museum including the history of the site, the SS Dundalk portholes, the story of Peter Rice, the auditorium, the photo collection upstairs and much more.
Before leaving he was presented with posters and books and was extended an open invitation to return, which he insisted he would be delighted to accept the next time he was in the area.