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Fine Gael TDs to run marathon for Yes vote in referendum

Fine Gael Deputies Liam Twomey and Damien English will run to raise money for Barnardos, and encourage people to vote Yes in the Children’s Referendum.

Damien English, one of the two TDs running the Dublin Marathon
Damien English, one of the two TDs running the Dublin Marathon
Image: James Horan/Photocall Ireland

TWO FINE GAEL deputies will run the Dublin Marathon later this month with two aims: to raise money for Barnardos, and encourage people to vote Yes in the upcoming Children’s Referendum.

Fine Gael Deputies Liam Twomey and Damien English were presented with two t-shirts today by Barnardos to wear when they run the marathon later this month.

Both TDs said they have decided to use the marathon as an opportunity to raise money for independent children’s charity Barnardos, but they will also be using the opportunity to encourage people to vote Yes in the Children’s Referendum on 10 November.

Deputy English said:

It’s vital that everyone gets out to vote on Saturday November 10th to help support families and protect vulnerable children. We’re using the marathon to raise awareness about the importance of the Referendum. Following the long tradition of using the marathon to raise funds for charities it’s also a great opportunity for us to raise money for Barnardos and the work they do.

Deputy Twomey added that it was a great chance “to remind people to get out to cast their vote and play their part in helping to protect vulnerable children”.

Barnardos is one of a number of organisations that provide services to children, and that are strongly advocating a Yes vote in the Referendum.

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