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RTÉ insists Callan will make no further comment on referendum

Published 14/05/2015 | 02:30

Mimic and broadcaster Oliver Callan will make no further comments in reference to the upcoming marriage referendum - according to RTÉ.

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The comedian breached RTÉ's referendum guidelines when he took part in the Abbey Theatre's Noble Call for Marriage Equality yesterday.

Sarah Greene, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Oliver Callan and Roddy Doyle at the Abbey Theatre’s Noble Call for Marriage Equality in Dublin yesterday. Photo: VIP Ireland
Sarah Greene, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Oliver Callan and Roddy Doyle at the Abbey Theatre’s Noble Call for Marriage Equality in Dublin yesterday. Photo: VIP Ireland

Callan took to the stage alongside actor Gabriel Byrne to encourage the public to vote 'Yes' "in spite" of his job.

"I'm not allowed to do a lot of things but I continue to do them anyway, in spite of my job," he told the Irish Independent.

"RTÉ were good enough to give me a platform to come out so I don't think it will be raising many eyebrows.

"I just wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't do anything and it turned out to be a 'No' vote."

Last night, RTÉ issued a statement saying: "RTÉ has spoken with Oliver Callan and he understands RTÉ's position on the referendum guidelines.

"Oliver has assured RTÉ that he won't be making any further public comments during the referendum campaign."

Actor Byrne spoke about the profound impact the 'gay-bashing' death of Declan Flynn had on him as a young man in 1982. "I would be massively disappointed if it doesn't pass," he said of the referendum.

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