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Support for the Referendum is Falling as People Find Out What They Are About. – Tóibín

Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has refuted claims by Minister Roderic O’Gorman that No campaigners are sowing uncertainty. An Teachta Tóibín stated:


“The government are the authors of these proposed amendments to the constitution. Yet they cant even agree with each other as to the meanings of these amendments.  Minister Thomas Byrne has said that a person can be in a marriage with one person and in a constitutionally recognised marriage equivalent relationship with another person at the same time. Its obvious to anyone that this is a recipe for chaos”.


“Yet when Minister Roderic O’Gorman was asked the same question, he couldn’t answer “yes” or “no” but said that it would depend on the “magnitude of that relationship”. So now all of a sudden there are different levels of ‘durable relationships’ to go into the constitution”.


“The Taoiseach stated in the Dáil that in future a marriage maybe prioritised in law even after the referendum. Minister O’Gorman stated in the Seanad that he does not agree with this. When the referendum campaign started we were told that the ‘Family Amendment’ would provide greater rights to non-married families. Now the government message is that there will be no real change at all, that this is constitutional equivalent of a hallmark card, or window dressing. They say that a camel is a horse that was designed by committee and it is becoming increasingly clear that the 3 coalition parties have made a camel’s dinner of these proposed amendments”.    


“People do not trust this government on care and its clear that the government is seeking to insulate itself from its obligations to care.  Minister Roderic O'Gorman's is presiding over the closure of child care facilities, Nursing Homes & children going missing from unregulated state care.  His record deletes his credibility. Support for the Referendums is falling because people are studying the contents and they don’t like what they see. 

By Aontú Press | 4 March, 2024

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