Well known Carrick-on-Suir writer and historian Michael Coady has hit out at what he describes as â€˜Leinster House unanimityâ€™ on the proposed same-sex marriage referendum.
He has written to South Tipperaryâ€™s Oireachtas members to establish how they will vote.
He said he will be voting No but says itâ€™s important for democracy that people know how their representatives plan to vote.
His open letter has gone to TDs Tom Hayes, Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy and Senators Labhras O Murchu and Denis Landy.
Mr Coady, 29 ClÃ¡irÃn, says -
As a constituent of Tipperary South I intend to vote No in the forthcoming referendum on so-called marriage equality. I will be doing so on principle and with regard to specific aspects also, the latter having to do with children and the nature of family and its fundamental stability and centrality throughout human history from time immemorial.
I find it quite extraordinary that as yet there appears to be virtually no national political opposition voiced to this most radical proposal. Such a stifling blanket of apparent Leinster House unanimity and national media assent is quite unprecedented and not at all healthy in a functioning democracy.
I believe that we are witnessing an example of group-think that may be the result of the sustained self-censoring pressure of Political Correctness and very strong lobbying. This has intimidated and perhaps muted or silenced many questioning voices for fear of being labelled intolerant or smeared as homophobic.
In the end the voice of the people will be heard through the most telling mouthpiece of democracy that is the ballot box.
As an ordinary private citizen I am addressing this to my public representatives in an attempt to elicit and have clarified your individual positions. While the proportion of constituents whom you represent who will vote NO remains as yet unquantifiable, they nonetheless deserve to be heard, represented and acknowledged in the course of the campaign. Will you as individual members of the Oireachtas be supporting this referendum and campaigning for it or otherwise?