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Labour's Marriage Equality #MarRef campaign launched in Dublin

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 05:31 PM

Yesterday we officially launched our Marriage Equality referendum campaign in Dublin’s Smock Alley theatre.

Party members, members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), Cllrs and members of the public all filled the beautiful hall to hear speeches from the Tánaiste Joan Burton, Director of Elections Minister Alex White, the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Deputy Jack Wall, the President of USI Laura Harmon and Norah Casey.

The Tánaiste said by voting yes ‘we are also telling these couples, their parents, their siblings, their friends and work colleagues as well as society as a whole that their relationships are equally worthy, equally legitimate, equally permanent, and equally valued’.

“It is now our special responsibility to do our utmost to guarantee the greater part of Irish society is with us on polling day. Hard work lies ahead between now and 22 nd  May.”

She added that the Labour Party will lead from the front.

“So let’s make a leap forward for equality. And make history and progress at the same time. Let’s make it happen.”

Deputy Jack Wall spoke of the misinformation coming from the No side of the campaign and how they ‘are throwing out red herrings like confetti at a wedding’.

[ Read the Tánaiste’s speech here .]

“This referendum is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of Ireland to put into practice, by a popular vote, that we do indeed cherish all of the children of the nation equally. Let’s get out and win this one”.

[ Read Deputy Wall’s speech here .]

We recorded all the panel’s contributions, which you can watch back from below while photographs from the event are also available to view on Flickr.

Minister Alex White


Deputy Jack Wall  

Norah Casey


 USI President - Laura Harmon


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