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People urged to vote in referendums amid turnout concerns

All sides in the upcoming referendums on Family and Care have been urging people to vote on Friday amid concern that there could be a low turnout.

Today is the final full day of campaigning ahead of the broadcast moratorium tomorrow.

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality have urged a Yes vote in both referendums. even though the Government did not accept its suggested wording.

Committee chair and Labour Party leader Ivana Bacik said they understood some of the criticisms of the proposed amendments but she believed they were a step in the right direction.

She said: “We understand many people feel it does not go far enough but it is still a step forward. We have waited 87 years for this step forward.

“We can only vote on the text that is before us and we are here today to say we will be voting Yes Yes.”

Watch: How to vote in the upcoming referendums

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín said there is confusion around what the proposed amendents would mean and his party is calling for a No vote in both referendums.

He also criticised a claim from Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys that a Yes vote on the Care amendment would strengthen her hand in pushing for more supports for carers in the budget.

Mr Tóibín said: “The Government is obviously in panic mode when it starts introducing these type of statements.

“There is nothing stopping the Government currently from doing its duty in terms of investing in proper services such as care for families.”

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