Saturday 16 December 2017

Gay-marriage focus will cost Labour again

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

The new year is upon us and already the political parties have been busy setting out their stalls for the year ahead. But with the country striving to build on our painful recovery and hoping that the so-called 'green shoots' will be enough to stop our young people from continuing to emigrate in droves, what is the top priority for Labour leader Eamon Gilmore? Gay marriage.

Yes, Gilmore said that same sex marriage was the "civil rights issue of our generation", and that achieving its passing in Ireland was probably the top priority for his party in Government. This is an extraordinary claim, given that the country is struggling to get back on its feet to provide jobs and a decent living for its people, including, and especially, Labour voters.

Of course, gay marriage is a live issue, both here and internationally, and securing it is a major priority for the gay community and those who wish to see a more progressive and modern society -- but to frame it as a burning priority for the Government, at this challenging time, is ridiculous.

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