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Majority of Macra members support same-sex marriage


The referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in May

The referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in May

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The referendum on same-sex marriage will be held in May

A majority of Macra na Feirme members support civil marriage for same-sex couples, according to a poll just published by the organisation.

Some 52pc of Macra members polled are in favour of the proposal which will be put to a referendum by the Government next year. Only 24.9pc.were opposed to the idea, while 24pc remain undecided.

"It is indicative of how rural society is changing in that more than half of young farmers surveyed by Macra are in favour of same-sex marriage," said Macra president Kieran O'Dowd. "Young farmers, no more than any other group of young people, are not immune to change."

Meanwhile, at the Ploughing this week, Macra will highlight the need for young farmers to have a class EB driving licence to allow for the pulling of trailers.


Drivers who do not hold a class EB licence are not legally permitted to tow a trailer greater than 750kg when the combined weight of vehicle and trailer exceeds 3,500kg.

"We are asking young farmers, 'Are you licensed to pull?' Many of them do not realise that they need to sit a separate driving test to allow them to pull a trailer behind their car or jeep," Mr O'Dowd said.

"Most insurance companies will void your insurance in the case of an accident and you may also be liable for prosecution as with all driving offences," he added.

Macra is calling on everyone who owns a trailer to review this category of their licence.

If they do not have category 'EB', they should apply for a provisional licence immediately and apply to do a test.

"We are asking people not to delay on this as adding category EB to your licence is straightforward and will avoid serious penalties down the line," Mr O'Dowd said.

The Macra stand in on Row 22, Stand 322, Block 3.

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