A poll by Irish news website thejournal.ie has revealed that all Dáil representatives for the constituencies of Sligo/North Leitrim and Roscommon/South Leitrim, intend to give a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage equality referendum this Friday, May 22.
thejournal.ie contacted all senators and TDs as part of the survey and found that the majority of members intended to give a ‘Yes’ vote. Of the 172 (of 225 - excluding Phil Hogan’s old seat in Carlow/Kilkenny) who responded, 162 intend to vote ‘Yes’, six plan on voting ‘No’, and one is unsure. Three declined to share their intentions. The rest did not respond.
Deputies Frank Feighan (FG); Michael Fitzmaurice (IND); Denis Naughten (IND); John Perry (FG); Michael Colreavy (SF) and Tony McLoughlin (FG) all responded to the survey indicating they were in favour of marriage equality.
There was a slightly more mixed reaction for Senators based locally with Susan O’Keeffe (LAB); John Kelly (LAB) and Michael Comiskey (FG), all stating they intended to vote ‘Yes’, however no answer was forthcoming from Senator Marc MacSharry at the time of publishing the poll results and Senator Paschal Mooney (FF) told thejoural.ie that he didn’t wish to state which way he intended to vote.
The campaign for marriage equality has somewhat overshadowed the second referendum question which will be posed this Friday, that of whether the age for eligibility for candidacy for President of Ireland should be lowered to the age of 21.