Thursday 23 November 2017

Gilmore: No undue delay in gay marriage referendum

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he does not expect there will be "any undue delay" in holding a referendum on gay marriage.

He said a referendum on multiple subjects - including gay marriage- could possibly be held next year.

"One possibility might be to take a number of recommendations made by the Constitutional Convention and to hold a referendum on the same day," he said.

Mr Gilmore has described gay marriage as the civil rights issue of our generation - but some Fine Gael TDs are far less keen on holding a referendum on it.

It comes after reports that the Government is considering holding the referendum without calling for a 'Yes' vote to avoid further alienating Fine Gael TDs. Mr Gilmore has also left open this possibility.

He was speaking after the National Commemoration ceremony in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, which is held to remember Irish men and women who died in past wars and peacekeeping missions.

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