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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Holly, Vogue and Dubs stars urge equality for everybody in Yes vote video

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Thalia and holly
Thalia and holly
Vogue Williams
Markus Feehily

Vogue Williams, Holly Carpenter and Dub stars have pledged their support to the Yes campaign in the upcoming marriage equality referendum in a new online video.

Model-turned-blogger Vogue joined a host of other home-grown stars as they appeared in the video released yesterday.

Former Miss Ireland Holly was accompanied by fellow model and close friend Thalia Heffernan as they filmed their scenes together for the two-minute film that shows how people say "yes" to things every day.

Irish actors including Love/Hate's Ian Lloyd Anderson and Inside I'm Dancing star Emmet Kirwan also make an appearance in the YouTube clip in support of the Yes vote in the May 22 poll.

Joanne McNally, who stars with fellow comic PJ Gallagher in Separated At Birth, is another familiar face in the video.

Representing the world of sport, Dublin footballers Michael Darragh MacAuley and Rory O'Carroll make cameo appearances in the promo created by ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry's.

 

 

The video was released only weeks after Irish stars including Brian Gleeson and Aaron Heffernan appeared in a viral online advertisement encouraging the Irish public to vote Yes in the referendum.

Former Westlife star Markus Feehily has also called for support for the Yes campaign.

The solo artist, who came out as gay in 2005, has said he "could not respect" people campaigning against marriage equality.

Feehily (34) said he believes the No campaign does not have a "credible argument".

"I think different opinions are good in many cases," he said, "but I can't - as a gay man who's excited to see this vote going through and for Ireland to support the Yes side of it - not with one fibre of my body respect any person who campaigns for a No vote.

"The No side isn't even something I feel is credible enough of an argument to discuss.

"I think it's crazy that people are out there making posters and sticking them to poles.

"It's about being equal, you know? Anything they're arguing for, I just have no respect for. I'm not even sorry for that."

Speaking on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk yesterday, Sligo native Feehily criticised those campaigning against equality for their "attack" on those in favour.

"In Sligo, and Ireland in general, I've heard nothing but Yes support," he said.

"But I know a couple of people in Dublin who are quite heavily involved in the Yes campaign who are being specifically targeted with 50 No posters outside their house in the middle of the night so that when they wake up it's almost an attack of No campaigners voting against them," he said.

"If they're going to be that pathetic, it would actually push people to go and vote for the Yes campaign."

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