Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality.
Some 1,000 activists and supporters assembled at a rally outside in Dublin city centre to campaign for a yes vote.
Pat Carey, former Government Minister, said: “People of my generation do have doubts but they are our greatest supporters when they are convinced. This is a campaign like any other - voters need to be asked.”
“Irish people are used to being asked on the doorsteps for their vote. We must avail of every opportunity to make direct contact with voters. Sitting at home talking to each other or talking to people who are already convinced won’t win this referendum – conviction, hardwork and shoe leather will.”
“When this referendum passes I believe it will lead to Ireland becoming an even more generous, kinder, compassionate, caring and tolerant country but we cannot take a Yes for granted.”
Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland said: “May 22 will be an historic date. It is a day when we all, as Irish people, have a chance to stand for a Republic of equals. A day when we can more fully realise equality for all of our people.”
“It is fitting that we are launching this campaign outside the GPO. Here, almost a century ago those who proclaimed our Republic, asserted that Ireland would value and cherish all of its people equally.”