Taoiseach urges Yes in Portlaoise

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny exhorted Yes campaigners in Laois-Offaly to carry the message for a Yes vote right up until Thursday, and to not let up in the final days of the campaign.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny exhorted Yes campaigners in Laois-Offaly to carry the message for a Yes vote right up until Thursday, and to not let up in the final days of the campaign.

Speaking in Portlaoise last Friday evening, the Taoiseach underlined the importance of the referendum. “This campaign will clearly narrow in the last week as these things always do, and that’s why it is even more important that for the job creation facilities and projections that we are on here, that people go out and cast their own vote.

“It is the most important referendum for many years. It is not about the Fine Gael party or any other party. It is for the Irish people and our country. This Yes vote is the most important thing that our voters, our electorate, will do for a very long time,” he stated.

“Don’t let up on this. This won’t be alright on the day unless you go out and put your X on the box that says Yes.

Mr Kenny told supporters the choice was simple. “No creates confusion, uncertainty, lack of clarity and indecisiveness, not good for investment, No rules out access to funds for the country if we needed them. We simply cannot afford to leave that insurance policy in the dark.

“You people in Portlaoise own this referendum and you will not vote against your own children and you will not vote against your country. Yes is the right thing to do here.”

Mr Kenny did a walkabout of the Laois Shopping Centre. He was heckled by placard wielding No campaigners at various stages.