Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality Niall Collins has called on the Government to confirm the date for the forthcoming Marriage Equality referendum. He has called for a date in early May to limit the impact on students studying for exams.
Deputy Collins said: “The Government should clear up any confusion over when the Marriage Equality referendum will be held and name a date in early May for the vote. This will help political parties and interests to plan for the campaign and best facilitate the passage of the referendum.
“Many students will be sitting exams in May and in order to limit the impact on turnout from students and to avoid clashing with exams as much as possible I believe the government should move to hold the referendum on an early date in May.
“Fianna Fáil will actively participate and campaign for the passage of this referendum. I will be holding a number of public meetings around the country to facilitate debate and discussion on the question people are being asked to vote on. The Government has created a difficult backdrop in which the referendum is being held but there is an extremely important message of progress and equality that those on the yes side support and encourage. Clarity around the date of the referendum would be an important start.”