The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has confirmed the appointment of Niall Collins TD as the party’s Director of Elections for the Marriage Equality Referendum, and Senator Averil Power as Deputy Director of Elections.

The party will this week begin a nationwide series of meetings for a YES vote, starting with a public meeting in Galway on Tuesday, 10th March.

Deputy Martin has described the vote on May 22nd as an important moment for Ireland, which will be watched with interest around the world.

The Fianna Fáil Leader said, “The question before voters on May 22nd goes to the heart of ensuring equal rights for all of our citizens. We strongly believe that all people should have an equal right to make the ultimate loving commitment that is marriage, regardless of the gender of their chosen partner.

“As a Republican party Fianna Fáil stands for an open and inclusive society, where the dignity and equality of every person is fully upheld. From the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1993 to the Civil Partnership Act of 2010, Fianna Fáil has played a pivotal role in legislating for key issues in the LGBT community. Providing people with an equal right to marry regardless of their sexuality is an important next step.

“Fianna Fáil will be conducting a robust campaign appealing for a Yes vote across the country. As Director and Deputy Director of Elections, Niall Collins TD and Senator Averil Power will lead a series of public meetings starting this week in different parts of the country to provide information about the question before voters on May 22nd.”