Fine Gael TDs warn of 'silent No vote' in rural communities
FEARS are growing within Fine Gael over the prospect of a defeat in the Marriage Equality referendum after TDs admitted encountering a strong 'silent No vote' in rural areas.
Fine Gael bosses have become extremely anxious about the referendum result in recent days due to the negative feedback being received at party headquarters.
Rural-based TDs and senators say party supporters are being increasingly challenged over the impact a 'Yes' vote may have on the rights of children.
Speaking to the Herald, over a dozen Fine Gael deputies confirmed they are encountering difficulties while canvassing for a 'Yes' vote.
Senior party sources say Fine Gael will increase the level of resources dedicated to their campaign in the coming days so as to avoid the prospect of a defeat on May 22.
A 'No' vote would prove to be an absolute disaster for the Government and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has already faced criticism for failing to take part in live debates.
While Fine Gael members are receiving a positive response in urban areas, especially in parts of Dublin, their colleagues in rural constituencies say they are struggling.
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon said he believes voters are "exceptionally confused" as a result of the tactics of 'No' campaigners.
"People are being told a 'Yes' vote will undermine children's rights and it's working," Mr Cannon told the Herald.