The Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, has confirmed that the gates of Dublin Castle will be opened to campaigners tomorrow for the results of the Marriage Equality Referendum.
Earlier this week, Cllr McAuliffe wrote to Minister for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris asking him to open up the area surrounding the National Results Centre on Saturday as the results are announced.
“I am delighted to confirm that Minister Harris has agreed to my request to create an area within the grounds of Dublin Castle to allow referendum campaigners to hear the votes as they are announced. A big screen will be erected in the courtyard and there will be space for 2,000 people on a first come first served basis,” said Cllr McAuliffe.
“This is a campaign that has captured the hearts and minds of much of the electorate, and it has inspired many people who have never been involved in politics or civil action to get involved for the first time. It is only right that these campaigners are given a place to gather and hear the results come in.
“This is a historic moment for Ireland and the eyes of the world are on us this weekend. It’s the culmination of a passionate debate spanning not just the past few weeks and months, but the past number of years for many of those involved. Regardless of the result, it is important that we provide public access to the courtyard in Dublin Castle as the final counts come in from across the country.
“I very much appreciate Minister Harris cooperation on this. He has been in touch with me since I first made the request to keep me informed of the plans. His collaborative approach mirrors the spirit of comradery and non-partisanship that has marked much of this campaign.”