Ireland to hold referendum on gay marriage


first_imgThe Guardian 5 November 2013Ireland is to hold a referendum in mid-2015 on whether to allow same-sex marriage, the Republic’s government has said.The decision, announced on Tuesday, is a victory for the deputy prime minister, Eamon Gilmore, who has been lobbying for a national vote.The vote will be held as part of a special “constitution day”, in which a wide-ranging referendum could result in other changes to the Republic’s constitution such as the abolition of blasphemy laws.Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Gilmore said he hoped the Fine Gael-Labour government would back moves toward full equality in Ireland.Gilmore, who is leader of the Irish Labour party, said it would be “important to win this referendum”. read more

Creedon says Tipp footballers need to push on.


first_imgThey’ve been boosted by the news that Under 21 captain Colin O’Riordan will be fit to face the Munster and All Ireland champions.Senior manager Peter Creedon feels getting to Munster finals and beating the top teams in the country is the next goal for the Premier footballers.He says Tipp need to be beating the likes of Cork and Kerry.last_img