‘We Will Absolutely Take That Into Account’


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Queen’s University, Belfast this morning

This morning.

At Queen’s University in Belfast.

Leo Varadkar gave a speech during his first official visit to Northern Ireland since becoming Taoiseach.

After giving a speech he agreed to take questions from the floor.

One woman (second from the right pictured above) asked Mr Varadkar:

“Taoiseach, on the topic of North/South relations, we know that students from the Republic of Ireland study here and vice versa. Students have a very proud history of advocating social justice issues, as seen in the marriage equality referendum on May 22, 2015 – something you are a strong advocate for north and south of the border and we thank you for your solidarity  at Belfast Pride tomorrow.

“Recently you announced your intention to run various referenda over the next 18 months beginning in June or July. The referendum on the 8th amendment is especially pertinent for students north and south of the border.

“As we all know a high percentage of students travel or work abroad over the summer. Do you agree with us that, in order to fully engage students, this referendum should be held outside of the summer months?”

Mr Varadkar replied:

“Thanks very much. It’s a good question, I haven’t been asked that one yet. It is, we have a process that we’ve agreed involving a Citizens’ Assembly, involving a Oireachtas all-party parliamentary committee but what we’re planning for is a referendum probably May or June of next year.

“It’s not as straightforward as just having a referendum, we have to have wording legislation, a referendum commission and a campaign. So, if we don’t have it before the summer then it’ll probably not happen until the latter part of the year.

“So we haven’t set a date yet. We have had referendums in June before. I think the Good Friday Agreement was a June referendum, if I remember correctly. So was the Fiscal Treaty and we’ve had elections in June as well.

“But I definitely take the point and get the message that younger people would like to have the referendum happen at a time when they’re in the country so that they can fully participate. So we will absolutely take that into account in setting a date.”

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Pic via Queen’s University

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56 thoughts on “‘We Will Absolutely Take That Into Account’

  1. Murtles

    Yes and why can’t they have referendums and elections on a Saturday which would save closing hundreds of schools to use as polling stations and also students would be home from college at weekends to vote. It’s very likely FF and FG are afraid of the student/young persons vote are they are relying on the grey vote to keep them in power.

  2. AnAccountant

    “So we haven’t set a date yet. We have had referendums in June before.”

    If any bookies are reading and want to open a book on whether this happens in June or not, you have my money.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Nice and Lisbon were both rejected (first time around) in June, so it’s maybe not the worst time.

        1. Lord Snowflakee

          You’re funny Daisy, one of the good ones.

          I expect newbrainsjustin will pop up to say now what the feck, how come Daisy gets to make an inappropriate abortion-related joke and I don’t? NOT FAIR! I’M A SNOWFLAKE! WAH WAHAH WHAH

          1. newsjustin

            This is Daisy’s comment just yesterday on people complaining about a joke on RTE:

            Daisy Chainsaw
            August 3, 2017 at 2:11 pm
            The perpetually offended looking for notice again!

            Before complaining today about a joke on here.

            Now that’s funny.

      1. newsjustin

        It’s my hot take on the matter!

        It’d be interesting to see some stats on the matter. I guess any of the summer months will see people away on holidays.

          1. newsjustin

            All that matters is it rhymes. It should be read in the style of a radio jingle.

            It’s a Friday. Chill

          2. Lord Snowflakee

            You’re really despicable,

            Yourself Clampers and Nigel plummet the depths here every day.

          3. AnAccountant

            It’s a rather oddly crass ‘joke’ for an anti abortion guy to make but whatever works for you.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Chillax, everyone! It’s ok to make abortion jokes on Fridays.
            Have a slice of chill cake.

          5. newsjustin

            Toddlers rhymes with holiers Daisy!

            And what’s wrong with making jokes about abortion?

          6. Lord Snowflakee

            I knew it! I pre-empted this comment by minutes! See above! It’s a like a robotic dog!

          7. newsjustin

            If anyone here known to be pro-choice made that silly gag they’d get a few lols and no big deal.

            But someone who holds a different point of view gets the 3rd degree.

          8. AnAccountant

            You’re right, nothing. Going to mass this weekend? Are you going to bring along any impressionable 12 year old boys to put in the church collection plate for your priest to enjoy in his child sex dungeon?

          9. AnAccountant

            “But someone who holds a different point of view”

            No, someone with *your* point of view. What you did was make out that people you are arguing with are sociopathic monsters who’d gladly murder their child on a whim. Friends & family members slag each other off all the time, if a STRANGER came along and slagged off your da/brother/best pal, it would be a different story. You were laughing AT people, not WITH them. Do you understand?

          10. AnAccountant

            Not strangers on the internet, strangers in general. If an English person covered in Rule Britannia kind of tattoos made a joke about Irish people being stupid drunks, you’d probably react differently to an Irish person making it.

          11. newsjustin

            I wasn’t trying to make fun of you or pto-choice people in general. It was just a good rhyme. Now I know how poor John Moynes feels with his limericks.

  3. martco

    this is such utter horsepoo

    establishment will hold the vote at most favourable time (and place) for the establishment

    repealers will have to make the same sort of effort as the marriage equality vote if they are to succeed

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Like a girl I was out with who told me her wedding ring meant men were attracted to her like bees to honey.
          Except for that night, though.

  4. Andy

    I question her claim that students are abroad during the summer.

    Sure aren’t Students always claiming every other week on the wireless that they’re broke and have no money and need more handouts and freebees and cheesey fries.

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