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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Voter confusion on same sex marriage referendum must be avoided, warns Taoiseach

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that voter confusion must be avoided during next year's Same Sex Marriage referendum.

Speaking in Dublin tonight, Mr Kenny admitted that questions put to the public via past referendums have been unclear and insisted that the government will now work to ensure this is not repeated.

Mr Kenny reiterated his pledge to campaign for a 'yes' vote in the referendum but would not say if he was confident the question would be carried.

"The government will obviously put that question and as I've said, I believe it should be passed. So we'll decide in due course a date on it and people will make their decision then."

In the past, the government has come under fire for creating confusion among voters in relation to the make-up of the question presented on the ballot paper.

A survey by the Referendum Commission found that the majority of voters encountered problems stemming from the question posed at the Seanad abolition referendum.

The referendum was defeated , leading to significant criticism of the government.

Mr Kenny said that the government must ensure mistakes in the past are not repeated.

Separately, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has said he would prefer to remain in his department after the expected cabinet reshuffle last week.

The Fine Gael politician has previously been coy about whether he will change roles when Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces the make-up of his new cabinet.

However, Mr Bruton tonight said he wants to stay put as Jobs Minister.

Speaking at the opening of a new office for software Zendesk, Mr Bruton said his job is still not complete.

"What I've been doing here is a real challenging job that I've been given by the Taoiseach. We inherited an economy that was losing jobs hand over fist, we're been working hard and we're now seeing a growth in employment. From my point of view this is a job that I'd like to complete, but that's not a decision for me to make."

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