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26th Apr 2018

VIDEO: Cillian Murphy and Blindboy Boatclub sit down to discuss the upcoming referendum

Tony Cuddihy

Cillian Murphy Blindboy

“Do you enjoy voting?” Cillian Murphy and Blindboy get straight into it.

Two of Ireland’s most articulate voices discuss the democratic process ahead of the upcoming referendum.

Blindboy Boatclub from the Rubberbandits gets together with actor Cillian Murphy to discuss the need for men to take responsibility and vote on 25 May, when Ireland goes to the polls to decide whether or not to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment currently gives equal rights to the life of the mother and the unborn.

Peaky Blinders star Murphy remembers being 18 and disaffected in Cork, but relishing the fact that he had a vote and the chance to play a role in changing society.

“It’s fantastically powerful,” insists the 41-year-old from Douglas.

Blindboy speaks of patriotism, and how people – and men in particular – need to realise that their voice matters ahead of the deadline for registering to vote on 8 May.

“Men and women are custodians of this society,” insists Murphy. “We both decide what’s going to happen for our future.”

He speaks about men who say they are supporting women ahead of the upcoming vote, but are reluctant to get out and vote.

“That’s not support,” replies Blindboy. “Unless you’re going out there and exercising the vote that you have a right to, then you’re not supporting it.

“You’re cheering from the sidelines.”

If you know anyone who is unsure about registering to vote by 8 May, show them this video. It’s important.

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