Thursday 19 April 2018

Enda: 'Yes' in same-sex marriage referendum will show we are 'compassionate and tolerant'

Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has made an impassioned plea to voters to vote in favour of same sex marriage ahead of the forthcoming referendum.

Speaking at the Fine Gael national conference, Mr Kenny said voting Yes in the Marriage Equality Referendum will send out a message that Ireland is a "compassionate and tolerant nation".

"I, and the Fine Gael Party strongly support a Yes vote," Mr Kenny said

"And therefore I say to all same sex couples in our country: This is about you, it’s about your right to say two small words, made up of three simple letters – I do. For you, in your lives together, may they become your letters of freedom," he added.

Closing his speech Mr Kenny quoted Michael Collins saying: “Give us the future… we’ve had enough of your past… give us back our country, to live in, to grow in… to love”.

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The Taoiseach also said people will have a “clear choice” at the next poll between “moving forward” or voting for those who “wrecked” the country or  those “whose policies would wreck our future”.

“I don’t want Ireland dragged back to the failures of the past. Or for the country’s progress to be ruined by those who are intent on blowing a huge hole in our recovering national finances,” he said.

“Populist promises to reverse every tough decision are nothing but empty rhetoric, irresponsible leadership and bad politics. They are not the solution to Ireland’s problems."

He added: "Working together, Tanaiste Joan Burton and I are leading a strong and stable government.

My appeal to the Irish people is to work with us as we work to secure the recovery.”

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