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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Vote for love, says Kenny as No side predict tight decision

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Enda Kenny arrives to meet with members of the Yes Equality campaign during a photo call in Dublin, Ireland
Enda Kenny arrives to meet with members of the Yes Equality campaign during a photo call in Dublin, Ireland

GOVERNMENT TDs rallying for a Yes vote were met by a wave of undecided voters during the final day of campaigning in the Marriage Equality Referendum.

The 'No' side last night predicted the result will be on a "knife edge" but only if a strong turnout is recorded across rural Ireland.

However, those campaigning for a 'Yes' vote insist a considerable youth vote in Dublin will ensure the referendum is carried.

In his final plea to voters, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland has the opportunity to make history.

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"May 22, 2015 is an opportunity for the electors of this country, the first in the world when the referendum of the people is being held to give equal opportunity in the law of civil marriage," the Taoiseach said.

"We have the opportunity to be non-discriminatory in our own unique way and the power of our votes in the 'Yes' campaign can open the doors for all our citizens to be truly equal.

"This is what families should be about, non discrimination. It's a day of a vote for love and a vote for equality."

At a jobs announcement in Dublin, minister Richard Bruton reiterated comments by IDA chief Martin Shanahan that a 'Yes' vote would enhance Ireland's reputation in the eyes of investors.

"I have no doubt a 'Yes' vote will be helpful for Ireland and helpful for business to grow here," he said.

Today's vote is being held 22 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality. Tanaiste Joan Burton said Ireland has moved from a conservative state to one of the most open societies in Europe.

Chairman of the Referendum Commission Justice Kevin Cross urged people to use their votes.

People will be asked to allow marriage between same-sex couples, as well as whether to reduce the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

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