Irish in London back #bemyyes marriage referendum campaign

Irish in London back #bemyyes marriage referendum campaign

A GROUP of Irish Londoners are gathering in the capital this evening to showcase their support for the ‘Yes Vote’ ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum.

Around 40 people are expected to meet at 7pm at Jubilee Gardens in Belvedere Road, close to the London Eye, for a photocall in support of the #bemyyes cause.

The meeting has been set up to allow London-based Irish people who are unable to vote in Friday’s referendum to encourage their friends and family back home to have their say.

Cork-native Catherine O’Leary, 25, who works as a speech and language therapist for the NHS in London, organised the photocall for reasons close to her heart.

“The referendum is hugely important," she said.

"From a personal point of view my sister got married to her wife here in March. She’s lucky that she lives here in England, as  if she was in Ireland she’d have had a civil partnership."

She added: "I also feel that if I’m ever to live back in Ireland again it’s important that Ireland votes yes. I’m unable to vote, so tonight’s event aims to encourage those back home to do so.”

The group have organised the event independently, but have received support from Ireland’s nationwide ‘Yes Equality’ campaign on Twitter.

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