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Yes or No

Louis Walsh joins the Irish celebs backing a Yes vote

How are other well-known Irish names voting in the referendum? We take a look.

MANY IRISH CELEBRITIES have been pretty outspoken about their views on the same-sex marriage referendum.

Some have taken to Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts with their fans. Others have made videos, and some have written opinion pieces.

Louis Walsh is the latest to back a Yes vote, telling Labour LGBT that he’s a supporter of same-sex marriage.

With just five days to go before we cast our votes, we’ve rounded up the views of prominent Irish figures and celebrities on how they’ll vote in the referendum.

Voting Yes

Louis Walsh

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“It’s a Yes from me”, he told Labour LGBT

Daniel O’Donnell

He told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One:

I think everyone should be equal. I can’t see what a Yes vote is going to do against anybody.

Ursula Halligan

The TV3 journalist said she had recently accepted her sexuality, and intends on voting Yes, in an emotional and widely-shared article.

Eamonn Coghlan

Coghlan told

The only way to give same-sex couples full equality is to change the constitution — what this referendum is doing — and we’ll be the first country in the world to put it to the people of the country.

Fight Like Apes

Sister Stan

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy said:

I have thought a lot about this. I am going to vote Yes in recognition of the gay community as full members of society.

Eamon McGee

The Donegal footballer is voting Yes and received hate mail over it.

Fr Gerard Moloney

The Redemptorist priest wrote in the Irish Times about supporting a Yes vote

Laurence Kinlan

The Love/Hate actor is voting Yes.

Robert Sheehan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse has been campaigning for a Yes vote with Yes Equality.

Aidan Gillen

The Game of Thrones star joined the #VoteWithUs campaign:

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Roddy Doyle

He has used his Facebook posts to argue in favour of same-sex marriage:

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Mrs Brown

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Dublin footballers Michael Darragh MacCauley and Roray O’Carroll, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Holly Carpenter and Vogue Williams

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Andrew Scott

Justin McAleese

He said he’ll be voting Yes.

Chris O’Dowd


Brian O’Driscoll

Amy Huberman

Dustin the Turkey

Gay Byrne

Glen Hansard

PJ Gallagher


Donal Skehan

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Angela Scanlan


George Hook


Aisling Bea

Colin Farrell

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Voting No

Ger Brennan

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Brennan wrote an opinion piece in the Irish Independent about voting No:

He said he wrote it because in “the last 3 or 4 weeks as the referendum date is nearing and the debates are picking up, I would have been asked by a lot of my peers what my thinking was on it.”

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary

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He told parishioners:

The Church’s position on this is entirely positive: it is against the proposal to redefine marriage.  We are not taking a conservative viewpoint or wilfully inhibiting genuine progress.

Bishop of Limerick Brennan Leahy 

He called for the State“to find a way to protect the civil rights of gay people without undermining the meaning of marriage that is as old as the hills.”

Bishop Diarmuid Martin

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He cleared up confusion by saying he intends on voting No:

But I say so publicly because in a recent curious report in the Irish Catholic, the editor of the Catholic Voice is quoted as saying that I had “confused” the press by my attitude to the referendum and had given constant solace to the Yes campaign.

Tipperary hurler Kieran Bergin

Bruce Arnold

The journalist wrote an opinion piece for the Irish Times advocating a No vote.

Bill Tormey

The doctor and commentator – and former politician – is voting No.

Sister Consilio 

In a video, she spoke about why she is voting No:

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Michael Aherne

The piano player in the film The Commitments told Spirit Radio he will be voting No.

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