Saturday 22 July 2017

Sports stars and women's groups back 'Yes' campaign

Hurling great Donal Óg Cusack and ‘Yes’ campaign advocate Rebecca Murphy with a specially designed hurley by John Flynn from Macroom, Co Cork
Hurling great Donal Óg Cusack and ‘Yes’ campaign advocate Rebecca Murphy with a specially designed hurley by John Flynn from Macroom, Co Cork

Ralph Riegel and Ryan Nugent

Defence Minister Simon Coveney launched a final drive for a 'Yes' vote in the same-sex marriage referendum with the help of a few Irish sporting legends.

The Cork TD urged Irish voters not to 'fumble the ball' as the marriage equality campaign enters its crucial final weeks.

Mr Coveney warned "every single vote counts" and said the parties supporting a 'Yes' vote are not being lulled into complacency.

Polls have shown support for a 'Yes' vote has weakened but remains around 70-74pc.

Mr Coveney launched a special 'Yes' campaign video with the support of some Irish sporting legends.

All-Ireland winner and Cork hurler, Donal Óg Cusack, attended the launch with the video boasting strong endorsements from Munster and Ireland rugby star Peter O'Mahony and Olympic athlete, Derval O'Rourke.

Meanwhile, the National Women's Council launched its campaign for a 'Yes' vote in Dublin.

Representatives of the Irish Feminist Network, Digi Women and the Association of Childcare Professionals attended the launch at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street.

Irish Independent

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