Wednesday 17 January 2018

'It's a personal opinion' says councillor

Paddy Kavanagh.
Paddy Kavanagh.

CLLR Paddy Kavanagh was the sole councillor to object to a vote at Wexford County Council's recent meeting supporting the same sex marriage referendum, but he says he decided to go along and vote in favour of the motion 'rather than be out of step with the rest'.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Malcolm Byrne's motion was widely supported but Cllr Kavanagh chose to query it 'on a point of information'.

Speaking the day before Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced his resounding support for the 'yes' campaign, the Enniscorthy based Fine Gael man said: 'We already had a notice of motion some time ago to bring forward the referendum and have it as soon as possible, I felt that was sufficient. When the new motion was put I didn't vote against it; it was to clarify a point and it was on a point of information.'

Cllr Kavanagh said he didn't want Cllr Byrne's motion of support for the same sex marriage referendum to go before the council.

'I think it's personal and it's a personal opinion and I'm not going to encourage people to vote either way. I went with the motion rather than being out of step with the rest. It was passed unanimously.'

Wexford People

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