Senator David Norris has said that his bid to become a Presidential candidate should be judged on his record in public life and in the Seanad.

Senator Norris said his attempt to reach Áras an Uachtaráin should not be judged on what he described as 'sensationalist' headlines.

A reprinted newspaper interview today says Senator Norris supports the ancient Greek practice of pederasty, which involves the relationship between a younger and older man.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said personal views had to be put aside to represent all the people as President.

Last month, Senator Norris criticised attempts to 'sabotage' his campaign after the re-emergence of comments he made about incest and the age of consent in 2002.