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Saturday 3 December 2016

Editorial: Historic vote made waves around globe

Yes voters celebrate at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin, as the results of the referendum is announced which showed that Ireland as the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of gay marriage
Yes voters celebrate at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin, as the results of the referendum is announced which showed that Ireland as the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of gay marriage

THE significance of the country's overwhelming 'Yes' vote to marriage equality cannot be underestimated.

The outpouring of emotion at the result on Saturday was a joy to behold.

One word has kept cropping up since then - acceptance.

A huge number of Irish citizens who have for far too long felt marginalised and unwanted by society now feel part of it.

That is something we should celebrate.

Our vote - and the journey so many took to have their say - made waves around the world and has shown us to be a progressive and inclusive nation.

Politicians will no doubt try to take the credit. But special mention must go to former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore who has worked tirelessly to put this issue on the agenda.

However, it was the personal stories which struck a chord with voters and ultimately won the day.

It is those people who will now feel more accepted by their fellow citizens.

 

IFTAs back with a bang

The IFTAs are back with a bang. Often criticised for being dull and lifeless, this year's TV3-backed production certainly put on the glitz.

Stars of the small and big screen graced the red carpet outside Dublin's Mansion House as Ireland's acting elite celebrated the best and brightest in the industry.

Dublin directing hero Jim Sheridan was rightly honoured for his contribution to the movie business.

His classic films have put Ireland on the map and propelled many of our actors onto Hollywood screens and beyond.

We look forward to seeing the full ceremony broadcast next weekend.

It's just a pity we have to wait so long to watch it.

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