A good day for equality and for Ireland - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has said it now seems clear that there will be an overwhelming 'Yes' vote in the Same Sex Marriage referendum.
He said it was a good day for equality and and a good day for Ireland.
Gerry Adams said:
"It appears to be an overwhelming 'Yes' vote across the State. This is a very good day for equality and a very good day for Ireland.
"Irish people have demonstrated that we are a decent, tolerant and compassionate people.
"I want to commend all those who took part in the campaign over recent weeks and all those who voted, especially those who voted 'Yes'.
"I want to congratulate the Sinn Féin members across the State who worked hard for a 'Yes' vote and to thank the Sinn Féin 'Yes' Campaign Director, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD.
"During the campaign we heard a lot of talk from all political parties about the need for equality. We now need to see that sentiment extended to the social and economic sphere.
"Sinn Féin will continue to demand that all Government policies and budgets are equality proofed. This is essential if we are to construct a truly equal society.
“The marriage equality rights that will now be enjoyed by citizens in the south must be available to all in the north. Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for equal rights for all.
"Another very notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer be denied a voice in our democracy."