Calls to open Dublin Castle count centre to public

There are calls for the gates of Dublin Castle to be opened for the result of the same sex marriage referendum.

Calls to open Dublin Castle count centre to public

There are calls for the gates of Dublin Castle to be opened for the result of the same sex marriage referendum.

Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe said regardless of the result on Saturday, members of the public should be allowed into the Castle's courtyard to be present when the decision is announced.

While the votes will be counted at centres around the country, the overall decision will be announced at Dublin Castle on Saturday evening.

Councillor McAuliffe said the historic nature of the occasion should warrant an opening of the gates.

"Because it is such a historic occasion regardless of the decision, I'm calling on the Minister to open the gates of Dublin Castle, and allow supporters to enter into the courtyard and gather there while the announcement is being made.

"I think it would emphasise the importance of the campaign, it emphasises the nature of new people being involved in it, and it would encapsulate more people into the political process."

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