Senator David Norris has said the people of Ireland have "moved on" from the controversy over clemency letters he wrote on behalf of his former partner.

Canvassing on Meath Street in Dublin, Senator Norris said it was time to move on.

The controversy first erupted during the summer when it emerged that Senator Norris had written a letter to an Israeli court in 1997 pleading for clemency for his former partner, Ezra Nawi, who had been found guilty of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy.

Senator Norris also said today that he was being "muzzled" on tonight's Late Late Show, because he wasn't being interviewed individually as the other candidates are.

When it was pointed out that he has been on the programme on his own two weeks ago, he said that interview only addressed one subject.