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Fine Gael is in a spot of bother with one section of the electorate – after their spokeswoman on equality issues again slammed same sex marriages.
Blond bombshell Creighton may be a pin-up star of the Fine Gael election campaign but she’s causing a bit of a problem for the Blueshirts hopes of a pink vote on Friday.
Creighton is in hot water over her latest remarks on gay marriage and her opposition to same sex unions.
The latest Lucinda Twitter is at the heart of the row after she wrote: “I think marriage is primarily about children, main purpose being to propagate & create environment for children to grow up.
“I think civil partnership should ensure gay couples r treated fairly and justly re tax inheritance etc & recognition by the State But marriage is different.”
Reacting to a deluge of angry responses on various social networking sites, Fine Gael distanced itself from Creighton’s remarks and claimed they were ‘personal’.
Their prospective coalition partners in the Labour Party are none too pleased with their potential bed fellow however.
Labour intends to hold a constitutional referendum on granting marriage equality to same sex couples, a view at clear loggerheads with Creighton’s.
“The stereotypical view she is displaying shows she is not suited to the job and is not serious about equality, she should be removed by Enda Kenny” said the Labour Party’s equality spokeswoman Kathleen Lynch.
Spokeswoman for gay rights group Noise, Hazel Cullen said: “Ms Creighton’s attitude to marriage is frankly bizarre in 2011.
“If marriage is about procreation then should older people be banned from getting married, or should couples who experience fertility trouble have their marriages rendered void?
“There are many gay couples in Ireland lovingly raising children and Lucinda Creighton is ignoring them and their rights.”
If you get it wrong, you can get it right next time – but not if your name is Enda Kenny.
The Fine Gael leader has pledged not to seek a return to office if he is a failure as Taoiseach first time around.
Kenny is a certainty to take charge of the country after Friday’s general election, either in charge of a single party government with the support of Independents or at the head of a Fine Gael-Labour coalition.
He won’t seek a second term in office however if Fine Gael’s five point plan doesn’t turn the economy around.
“I will not seek a second term in office if I fail in the job of Taoiseach,” declared Kenny as electioneering wound down on Thursday.
The Mayo man also refused to rule out a single-party Fine Gael government despite indications in the opinion polls that he will need the support of Labour.
“We set out our stall before this election as being a party that was paddling our own canoe here without any platform with any other party and that remains through to this election,” said Kenny.
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