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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Yes women refuse to get bogged down

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

POLITICS can be a muddy business, and nobody said that campaigning for a Yes vote in the Children's Referendum would be easy.

So when a large gathering of women TDs and senators assembled in Merrion Square for a photo call, naturally the posse of photographers urged them on to a soggy stretch of grass.

"Don't worry, the going isn't too soft underfoot," said one (male) observer.

But it was all in a good cause, and one that saw two dozen women from all political parties, plus Independents, pick their way across the soggy turf.

Among the group were Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald; Fine Gael deputies Heather Humphreys, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Regina Doherty and Catherine Byrne and senators Catherine Noone and Deirdre Clune; Labour's Ciara Conway, Ann Phelan, Ivana Bacik and Lorraine Higgins; Fianna Fail's Averil Power; Sinn Fein's Sandra McLellan; and Independents Catherine Zappone and Marie-Louise O'Donnell.

Ms Fitzgerald said: "We're getting a very good response on the doors. We're trying to make sure voters have all the information they need by November 10."

Irish Independent

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