A member of the 'No' campaign in the upcoming marriage referendum has criticised former President Mary McAleese for revealing she intends to vote yes.
Mrs McAleese said earlier this week that both she and her husband Martin had given the topic careful consideration and that she "very much" hoped it would be passed on May 22.
Richard Greene, the chairman of the Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage, has criticised the former President for her comments and said she "doesn't accept the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality or the non-ordination of women".
"Catholicism is not a DIY religion. Whether defined infallibly or not, a Catholic is required, under pain of automatic excommunication, to accept authentic Church teaching," Mr Greene writes in today's Irish Independent.
"Everyone is required to follow a certain judgment of his/her conscience. Sometimes, to do so, can leave one outside the Catholic Church."