Sinnott calls for Frances Fitzgerald to resign
NO SIDE REACTION:No campaigner Kathy Sinnott has called for the resignation of Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald following the referendum.
“The amount of people voting No shows that the leadership in this country is out of touch. Heads should roll after this. Frances Fitzgerald’s position is untenable,” she said. “I am disappointed the referendum was carried yet it was a magnificent No vote. People realised the State had misinformed them and felt uneasy about the referendum.
“There was no real information given about it and the debate surrounding it was left too late in the day. Considering all the major political parties called for a Yes vote, the amount of people that voted No was significant,” she added. Ms Sinnott said she hoped the result of the referendum would be challenged. “I hope there is a voter out there who is willing to take the challenge. I will help them in any way I can. This referendum is unsafe in legal terms because the result does not represent a fair choice on behalf of the people. Rules were broken by the Government and they spent our money on a one sided and misinformed campaign to ensure a Yes vote.”
Another prominent No campaigner John Waters said 42 per cent of people voting no was a “fantastic achievement”.
“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t defeat the Government on this but the significant number of people who voted no was a great achievement for the No side,” he said.
“There are grounds for challenge to this decision and I hope that someone does challenge it,” he added.
Speaking at the count centre in Dublin Castle yesterday, solicitor Malachy Steenson said a challenge to the referendum was “up for discussion.”