Students ask for marriage-equality referendum to happen in April, not May

The group representing Ireland's students has said that holding the marriage equality referendum a month early would not unfairly influence the outcome.

Students ask for marriage-equality referendum to happen in April, not May

The group representing Ireland's students has said that holding the marriage equality referendum a month early would not unfairly influence the outcome.

The Government has revealed the country will vote on same-sex marriage in early May, but the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) wants the referendum to be held in April.

The USI claims most college-goers will be too busy with exams by May and has suggested April 24 as a possible date for the referendum.

The Taoiseach has already agreed to personally appeal for a yes vote in public debates on the issue.

USI President Laura Harmon said: "A large cohort of the population are taking their exams at that time so it does preclude a lot of them from making their voices heard.

"The evenings are longer in May…but unfortunately the young people and those most in favour won’t be able to go out an canvass (in May)."

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