Wednesday 23 October 2019

No plan for early vote on gay marriage

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that any referendum on gay marriage won't happen until at least next year, if the Government decides to go ahead with it.

The Constitutional Convention recently decided to recommend the holding of a referendum on this matter.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenny indicated that senators will be around until the next general election – even if the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad is passed in October.

He confirmed yesterday that the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad will probably be held in October.

But the Seanad won't be immediately scrapped, even if the vote is passed.

Instead, it will continue in existence until the next general election.

Before the new Dail sits at that stage, the Seanad will go out of business.

The clarification of a reprieve will be a relief to senators as there were some suggestions that the Seanad would go with immediate effect.

Mr Kenny said the Coalition proposed to have the referendum in the autumn, "probably in October", but added: "I can't be too definite on that."

He said there was a lot of business scheduled for that time, including the Budget.

Irish Independent

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