DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland appears to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum that marks a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.
Final results are not expected until later in the day in a vote that would make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, just two decades after the country decriminalised homosexuality.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality.
With the once mighty Catholic Church’s influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland votes on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the once deeply Catholic country the first in the world to adopt the policy by popular vote.
The reform is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in the last country in Western Europe to decriminalize homosexuality just over two decades ago.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Gay marriage can help attract foreign investment, the Irish government said on Thursday ahead of a referendum on the issue that has been publicly backed by global technology giants including Google (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ebay (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Twitter (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
When Ireland began to attract U.S. firms with tax breaks in the 1960s, the government was still using the country’s traditional, Catholic image to attract Irish American visitors.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than six years at the end of March, a milestone that will boost the government as it gears up for an election due in 2016.
The number of people out of work fell to 9.9 percent, the central statistics office said on Thursday, well below the euro zone average of 11.3 percent.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Thousands of kilometers from home, Dubliner Mark Govern watched on in Sydney as Ireland’s referendum on gay marriage dominated discussion. Three weeks ago, he made a big decision.
He cleared his bank account, forked out to take extra annual leave from work and bought a A$1,600 ($1,100) return ticket in the hope of helping Ireland do what no other country in the world has done, approve same-sex marriage in a national vote.
Its word was once law in Ireland on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on Friday’s gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining flock.
DUBLIN, May 18 (Reuters) – Its word was once law in Ireland
on everything from contraception to divorce. Now, shorn of much
of its influence, the Catholic Church has limited campaigning on
Friday’s gay marriage referendum to sermons to its remaining
Little over two decades after it legalised homosexuality,
Ireland will become the first country to approve same-sex
marriage via a popular vote, if polls that predict a victory by
as much as two-to-one prove accurate.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.
DUBLIN (Reuters) – Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish has yet to decide whether to represent Ireland or England, according to Irish manager Martin O’Neill.
Grealish, who has burst on to the scene this season and has played a key role in Villa’s run to the FA Cup final, was born in England but has played at under-age level for Ireland, the country he qualifies for through his grandparents.