Fianna Fail's Timmy Dooley says Ireland has come of age today
Fianna Fail Transport spokesman, Timmy Dooley declared today that the Irish people have come of age with the marriage referendum result.
Speaking at the Clare count, the Clare TD said: “To see people in a mature, reflective way extending marriage rights across the divide shows we have become of age.”
He said: "At this stage with 30% of boxes in Clare, the ‘yes’ vote is running at 58%. That is a very strong vote. I am very pleased with that."
He added: "It shows that people across the county with different demographics, different age profiles have voted to extend marriage rights to all. That is to be welcomed.”
Deputy Dooley said: “It shows that people did view this issue as a matter of equality and I think that it bodes very well for the society that people want to live in in years ahead.
He remarked: "I think there has been a respectful campaign. The issues were well thrashed out and there issues that were thrashed out that may not have been part of this, but that is the nature of referernda campaigns.
He said: "I think it is very heartening to see the Irish people take a mature decision around equality, setting out the pillars around which they want this society to develop."
On any urban rural divide Deputy Dooley said: "It is difficult to make any statement on a rural-urban divide. What might be considered very rural areas voting very strongly ‘yes’. There are some pockets in the towns that would have been strongly yes and they weren’t.
"I think there was a belief in advance of the result that you would have had this urban rural divide - that the cities would have carried it and it would have been predominantly ‘no' in the rural constituencies and that has’t materialised.
"It hasn’t just been young versus old. i think they were plenty people in their retirement years that voted ‘yes' as well.
He added: 'I think that the result shows that we as as a people are interested in having a tolerant society and that the same level of equality is extended to all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, creed.”