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30/12/2013 11:16 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Irish Minister On Equal Marriage: 'We Have Had Enough Of This Sh**'

Ireland is to have a referendum on equal marriage rights in 2015
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Ireland is to have a referendum on equal marriage rights in 2015

Ireland's prime minister Enda Kenny is at violent odds with members of his own party over a new gay marriage referendum, with one newspaper quoting a minister saying he "had had enough of this sh**".

Kenny told the Irish Independent that he will campaign in favour of a referendum on equal marriage. Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore had earlier described equal marriage as the biggest civil rights issue in Ireland.

Kenny said he did not share that view, but said he would “support it and I’ll canvass for it when it comes".

A Fine Gael minister from the Prime Minister's centre-right party later told that newspaper that his party had "enough of this sh**.

“We are not going again. We did the abortion, we are not f****** doing this one. We got away with the abortion one, but this referendum is guaranteed to be defeated."

In November, the Irish Government agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.

"It is a matter for debate and discussion. Obviously the Fine Gael party has a broad range on any piece of legislation. People are entitled to have their own views, of course," Kenny said of the division within his party ranks.