A Yes vote “As good for our value as it is for our values” says Taoiseach

16 Apr 2015


Press Release, for immediate release

Thursday 16 April 2015

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today (Thursday 16 April) passionately underscored his support for marriage equality, saying “Marriage equality is as good for our value as it is for our values”.

The Taoiseach’s comments were made at a high-profile meeting of leaders in the Irish technology sector who have come together to support a Yes vote in the May 22nd poll. As well as underlining the strong business case for a yes vote on 22nd May, the Taoiseach remarked on the unique opportunity facing the Irish public in May:“May 22nd is a rare opportunity to vote for something as unquantifiable and transformative as love […] I hope the Irish people open their hearts and vote Yes.”

Yes Equality Grainne Healy said:
“Yes Equality welcomes the Taoiseach’s re-affirmation of his support for marriage equality. We also very much welcome the strong link he has highlighted between greater equality and greater prosperity in Ireland. Continued success in business depends on being able to attract, nurture and retain the very best people. This can only be achieved in a working environment and a country where everyone is valued equally. Enabling loving, committed couples to be civilly married, regardless of their sexual orientation will contribute to a stronger economy and a better Ireland.”


For more information, contact:
Print/Online: Jeanne McDonagh, 087 246 9855 / jeanne@yesequality.ie
Broadcast: Yvonne Judge, 087 662 4775 / yvonne@yesequality.ie

– Yes Equality: The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality is the independent nationwide civic society campaign working to secure a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd www.yesequality.ie.

– Yes Equality has created a ‘Businesses for Marriage Equality’ initiative whereby businesses across Ireland can show their support for a Yes on 22nd May. To sign up your business, and to access materials, go to www.yesequality.ie/business

– Today’s meeting of Irish Technology leaders in support of Marriage Equality took place at the Digital Exchange, Crane Street, Dublin 8 this morning from 8am-10am. Attendees included:

o An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D.

o Kieran Rose, Co-Chair, GLEN

o Stephen McIntyre, Managing Director, Twitter Ireland, VP EMEA Sales

o Chris Horn, Co-founder and former chair and CEO of IONA Technologies; partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital

o John Hamill, CEO & Co-founder, Vennetics

o Ann O’Dea, CEO, Editor-at-large, Silicon Republic