Comment: How social media brought marriage equality to Ye Olde Catholic Ireland

In a hard fought, bitter and personal campaign, social media played a huge role

24th May, 2016
The Yes vote changed the lives of thousands of gay people in Ireland and across the world Picture: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty

It’s a year to the day since the votes were all counted, the result was in, and the country was waking up after one of its biggest mornings-after-the-night-before ever.

Ye Olde Catholic Ireland had become the first country in the world to vote for same sex marriage.

It is easy to look back now with rose-tinted, or rather rainbow-coloured, glasses. But the campaign was hard fought, bitter, and personal. At times, it seemed...

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