- 18 May 18
Over the coming days, as we move closer to an historic opportunity for the people of Ireland to get rid of an archaic part of the Constitution, we'll be sharing the words of singers, artists, filmmakers, authors and more, who are urging people to vote for Repeal.
Speaking to friends outside of Ireland, they are struck by how engaged people, especially young people, are in politics on this island. That feels like a recent development, but one which has happened for a few reasons. There has been a generational shift. Big Religion has lost its grip on the everyday business of society. But moreover we, as citizens, have come to realise that because we live on a small island with direct access to our politicians, change is possible.
This referendum, for which I’m advocating and campaigning for a Yes vote, is similar to the Marriage Equality referendum in 2015 – we are voting for the Ireland that we collectively want to live in. The status quo is not working, and we have an opportunity, and a duty, to re-imagine our country for the future.
• I’m voting Yes for equality – why should I have full freedom and control over my own body, but not my neighbour, sister or friend? • I’m voting Yes for fairness – who am I to say what is right for someone else and their life?