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Sunday 10 December 2017

Gaelic players to declare support for 'Yes' vote in referendum

Ex-Fianna Fail TD Pat Carey
Ex-Fianna Fail TD Pat Carey

Colm Keys and Niall O'Connor

The Gaelic Players Association is to formally declare its support for a 'Yes' vote in the forthcoming Marriage Referendum.

The inter-county players body has undertaken a poll of its 2,100-plus membership, asking whether a show of public support for a 'Yes' vote should be made.

The response in favour of a public declaration of support was six to one. A statement is expected to be issued next week.

The declaration could cause controversy as the GAA has rules in place governing its non-political status. The GPA is likely to stress its independence from the GAA.

Meanwhile, former minister Pat Carey, speaking at the Fianna Fáil referendum launch, said many older people were living "excruciatingly lonely lives" because they feel they cannot talk about their sexuality. He urged people of his generation to vote 'Yes'.

Irish Independent

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