Smiling faces and lively music greeted passers-by on the Market Square last Wednesday, as the Yes Equality bus stopped in Longford during its whistle-stop tour of Ireland.
“What we really wanted to do was get out around Ireland,” explained Yes Equality’s Moninne Griffith. “We wanted to make sure we got out and about in a very visual, positive way.”
Though Yes Equality Longford have been working tirelessly on their campaign for the past number of weeks, this show of support from the national organisation offered them a great boost.
“It’s really important for us to come along and show solidarity and support with our local people,” Monnine continued, a sentiment which was echoed by Yes Equality Longford representative Declan Donohoe.
As far as the Longford campaign is concerned, the local canvassers are, for the most part, thrilled by the response they have received and they hope to visit as many households throughout the county as possible before May 22.
Complimenting the team on their work, Monnine added, “We’re only as strong as our local groups. We rely on them. We work very closely with our local supporters to get the message out and raise awareness.”
Support will only truly be measured, however, once the votes are counted, and both Monnine and Declan were quick to encourage the public to vote, regardless of their views.
A volunteer with Yes Equality Longford, Deirdre O’Byrne spoke about their canvassing, saying, “If nothing else, it’s great fun,” adding that the positive responses received have been “so heartwarming, so energising and so life-affirming.”
Meanwhile, Paddy Baxter pointed out that it’s important for voters to not become complacent.
With two weeks to go, Declan concluded by highlighting what he felt was the most important point, “May 22, 7am - 10pm. Use your vote, or you don’t have a voice.”