Sunday 17 November 2019

'Absolutely not' - Taoiseach Enda Kenny rules out ever running for President

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny this morning ruled out ever running for the Presidency.

Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk, Mr Kenny replied ‘absolutely not’ when the question was asked.

He also spoke about the marriage equality referendum, and said he is ‘confident’ the vote will be carried.

“I am confident it will be passed. There’s a thirst for information and understanding about what the question actually is.

“People want to know what it’s about, I think it’s very important that they understand the question that they’re being asked.”

He said he is encouraged by the large number of young people who registered to vote in the run up to the vote.

“40,000 young people have registered to vote. The issue of equality is central to all of this.

He explained he was born in ‘50s, conservative Ireland’, but that he had come to see the issue as about ordinary people.

“The question being asked about Irish people and extended families.

“We’ve abolished discrimination in  so many areas. We need to extend the institution of marriage, which will strengthen it."

He again stressed that the issue had nothing to do with surrogacy, and that the issue was currently under public consultation.

“It is very complicated. The public consultation process is now under way. It is nothing to do with this question. There will be a full scale national debate about it. We have neither regulation or limitation at the moment.

“The commission, the chairperson of the adoption authority has already been clear this is nothing to do with fostering, adoption, or surrogacy.

He said civil partnership was a positive step, but was not full equality.

“Yes, civil partnership was a step in the right direction, but it’s not the same as civil marriage in civil law.”

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