At least six local councillors will vote ‘No’ in this Friday’s referendum on marriage equality, going against the official position of their respective political parties.
Five Fianna Fail councillors and one Labour Party councillor have expressed their intention to vote ‘No’, when asked by the Kilkenny People. Meanwhile, three Fine Gael councillors and one other Fianna Fail councillor declined to disclose how they will vote.
This leaves at least 14 councillors of the 24 who will be voting ‘Yes’. Of the six sitting county councillors who are candidates in the upcoming Carlow-Kilkenny By-election, all have expressed their intention to vote ‘Yes’.
Of the three Fianna Fail councillors (from nine overall on Kilkenny County Council) who say they are voting ‘Yes’, among the group is Mayor of Kilkenny Andrew McGuinness. Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Pat Millea said he did not wish to disclose how he was voting.
Cllr Matt Doran said he would be supportive of holding another referendum on the issue in the future with ‘more clarity’ on the issues – remarks echoed by his colleague Cllr Ger Frisby.
Some Fine Gael councillors were keeping their cards close to their chest. Cllrs Fidelis Doherty and Pat Dunphy said they felt their vote was a private matter and did not wish to reveal their preference. Cllr John Brennan was undecided at time of print.
Indicating his own preference for a ‘Yes’ vote, Cllr Tomas Breathnach said that the referendum was clearly a deeply personal issue and was up to each individual person to decide how they would vote.
Recent polls on the topic indicate the gap between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides is closing.
Eamon Aylward (FF)
Tomas Breathnach (LAB)
Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG)
Michael Doyle (FG)
David Fitzgerald (FG)
Kathleen Funchion (SF)
Breda Gardner (Ind)
David Kennedy (SF)
Michael McCarthy (FF)
Andrew McGuinness (FF)
Patrick McKee (Ren)
Malcolm Noonan (Green)
Pat O’ Neill (FG)
Melissa O’ Neill (SF)
Peter Cleere (FF)
Matt Doran (FF)
Pat Fitzpatrick (FF)
Ger Frisby (FF)
Joe Malone (FF)
Maurice Shortall (LAB)
DECLINED TO DISCLOSE PREFERENCE
John Brennan (FG)
Fidelis Doherty (FG)
Pat Dunphy (FG)
Pat Millea (FF)
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