Wednesday 21 February 2018

Transport Minister rejects claims Government is scare-mongering to deliver 'yes' vote

Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has rejected claims the Government is scare-mongering in order to deliver a yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

He said the Government and groups on the Yes side were putting together a “very positive agenda” to demonstrate why they believed the referendum should pass.

“I cannot for the life of me see why looking to make the institutions of marriage available to more people with all of the responsibilities and all of the protections that that affords . . . would deliver a weakening or a diluting of it,” he said.

Mr Donohoe said the debate on the same-sex marriage referendum should have a “responsible tone”.

“I think there has been a really great response to the campaign that is now building at the moment. I think it’s really important that in the coming weeks that everybody does all they can to maintain a responsible tone in relation to this issue.”

Mr Donohoe said any “concerns and worries” that people might have would be responded to by the Yes side. “I’m really confident that we can [address issues] in a positive manner and it will see the passage of this referendum.”

Mr Donohoe said matters contained in the recently-passed Children and Family Relationships Act were “very separate and different” to the referendum.

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