Friday 28 October 2016

Supporters turned away as Dublin Castle is full

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle

HUNDREDS of people have been refused access to Dublin Castle for the Marriage Equality referendum result because the venue has been filled to capacity.

In what is an unprecedented scenario, the Department of the Environment has been forced to turn away 500 to 600 people from the city centre location.

The Herald can reveal that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has agreed to erect a large screen in the courtyard of the castle in a bid to accommodate the overflow.

It is expected that up to 2,000 people will fill the area as the official result time approaches as the afternoon goes on.


A number of councillors in the city, including Fianna Fail leader Paul McAuliffe, wrote to OPW minister Simon Harris calling for him to "open the gates of Dublin Castle".

Along with the thousands of people set to descend on the city, more than 150 journalists from media outlets across the globe are registered to cover the referendum result.

Meanwhile, leading members of the 'No' campaign were intimidated and subjected to "vile and vitriolic abuse" throughout the campaign, according to the Iona Institute's founder David Quinn.

Mr Quinn said the abuse was particularly evident on social media where 'No' campaigners would be targeted "all day long" because of their views.

Speaking to the Herald, he also claimed that an unprecedented level of vandalism involving 'No' posters took place in this campaign.

"I'd say about 40pc of 'No' posters in Dublin were taken down or defaced, vandalised in various ways," he said.

But Sinn Fein TD Mary Lou McDonald rejected suggestions that intimidation pervaded the campaign.

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