Growing Consensus on Gay Marriage?

Coat of arms of Cork
Coat of arms of Cork (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cork City Council last night unanimously passed a motion in support of Gay Marriage. Cork City Council became the first local authority in the Republic to pass a motion in support of Gay Marriage. They follow Belfast City Council who were the first council on the Island to vote in favour of Gay Marriage.

The motion was put forward by the Sinn Fein Councillors, just like in Belfast.

The fact that this was passed unanimously by the council shows that there is much agreement between the parties on this issue. The following parties are represented on Cork City Council:

  • Fine Gael
  • Labour
  • Fianna Fáil
  • Sinn Fein
  • Socialist Party
  • Workers Party
  • and 3 independents Cllrs.

So if these parties agree at a local level on this issue, why isn’t there more agreement at national level?

While there has been welcome announcements in favour of Gay Marriage by Government Ministers including,

  • Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Eamonn Gilmore (Lab)
  • Minister for Justice and Equality: Alan Shatter (FG)
  • Minister of State for the Office of Public Works: Brian Hayes (FG)
  • Minister for Transport: Leo Varadkar (FG)
  • Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn (Lab)

With many of opposition TD’s and Senators also in favour of Gay Marriage, why is it being sent to the soon to be established Constitutional Convention?

Why is being fobbed off when there is a growing number in cabinet who support this? When polls show that over 70% of people are in favour of it?

While I support the idea of the Constitutional Convention, which is being passed by the Oireachtas this week, I am not sure what the point in sending this to the Convention where it has the possibility to be lost among all the other issues being thrown in.

This issue should be put before the Oireachtas and then the people  and it would be passed and lot of people would be very happy. And Married.

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Fantasy Cabinet 2011

Eamon Gilmore
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Over on the Irish Times Blog Deaglán De Bréadún has a fantasy cabinet and is looking for suggestions for the new Fine Gael/Labour Government that will be appointed next Wednesday. Here is my go at it:

  • Taoiseach: Enda Kenny (FG)
  • Tainiste and Foreign Affairs: Eamonn Gilmore (Lab)
  • Finance: Michael Noonan (FG)
  • Enterprise: Joan Burton (Lab)
  • Public Sector Reform: Richard Bruton (FG)
  • Education: Ruairi Quinn (Lab)
  • Social Protection: Rosin Shorthall (Lab)
  • Agriculture: John Perry (FG)
  • Justice: Brendan Howlin (Lab)
  • Communications, Energy and the Marine: Leo Varadkar (FG)
  • Transport: Simon Coveney (FG)
  • Envoronment: Phil Hogan (FG)
  • Health: James O’Reilly (FG)
  • Tourism, Community, etc: Kathleen Lynch (Lab)
  • Defence: David Stanton (FG)
  • Attorney General: Alan Shatter (FG)
  • Chief Whip: Michael Ring (FG)
  • Ceann Comhairle: Dinny McGinley (FG)

What’s your guess?