O'Gorman rejects Waters' 'climate of fear' claim

O'Gorman rejects Waters' 'climate of fear' claim

Head of Amnesty Ireland and advocate for the Yes side Colm O'Gorman has rejected claims from John Waters that people had been scared into silence by the Yes campaign for marriage equality.

Colm O'Gorman

John Waters said a "climate of intimidation and menace" around the issue had been "so acute that people have been scared into silence".

"I think that's counter-productive from the point of democracy and from the point of view of the Yes campaign," he added.

"It has meant the flaws that we're highlighting (in First Families First) are only appearing at a late stage."

Colm O'Gorman said in response that: "At the end of the day, every person will step into the ballot booth (to) vote. There will be a pencil and a piece of paper in there. They will vote according to their conscience and their hearts, according to what is in their view right, fair, proper and just.

"John won't be there, and I won't be there."

He says we should focus on the question being asked in the referendum and not on 'tactics' as a diversion:

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