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John Waters and Fintan O'Toole give their thoughts on the Yes victory

John Waters On whether he was disappointed with the result "It would have been a miracle if we ha...
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14.42 24 May 2015


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John Waters and Fintan O'Toole give their thoughts on the Yes victory

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14.42 24 May 2015


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John Waters

On whether he was disappointed with the result

"It would have been a miracle if we had won."

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"[It will be a] catastrophe for Irish society."

"This is the most radical and extreme way of doing this [making people happy.]"

"It takes a hammer to the constitutional protection of the family."

"The media was absent - except for a few... the opposition was disabled"

"[Mary McAleese] betrayed the fundamental idea that when you run for President you represent all the people... she used the prestige of the office."

"38 per cent of people are now not represented by Mary McAleese."

On the media

"[There has been an] extraordinary failure of journalism"

"This is a massive propaganda campaign against a handful of citizens... defending old approaches to politics."

"[Media outlets] have to ask if its appropriate whether 80/90 per cent of their staff are on one side."

"The people that people don't see how crazy this is is dismaying."

"I didn't want to be part of this campaign because of the shocking events from last year [Pantigate]"

"The entire journalistic paternity turned on me and basically tried to peck me to death"

On the No campaign and his involvement

"A lot of the no arguments ere a little bit abstract"

"I want my conscience to be clear."

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Fintan O'Toole

On accusations of media bias

"This was simply extending an institution... to all citizens who wish to avail of it."

"What I do find a little upsetting [about John Water's position] is a complete refusal to accept that the majority of Irish people... knew what they were doing."

"Are newspaper columnists like myself liberal? Yes, absolutely. They always have been; they always will be."

"I would just question this lazy assumption that there was some sort of media conspiracy against the No side."

"The media narrative... was that there was this huge number of silent no voters... it turned out to be a myth... There has been no evidence of a silent No vote. There was no evidence in the ballot box."

"[The electorate] didn't buy the fear. What they did buy was a sense of decency, of fairness, of democratic engagement.. they responded to the individual stories."

On Ireland's changing attitudes to homosexuality

"What won this campaign is 20 years of people coming out."

"Gay people and lesbians became 'us' and not 'them.'

On other battles to fight

"Shame on all of us if [the youth vote doesn't carry over to the general election.]"

"The next big human rights issue of our generation is child poverty.... that I think is the issue we should now be mobilising on."


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