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Monday 11 December 2017

Half of 233 same-sex weddings in Dublin

New TD Katherine Zappone (left) after renewing her wedding vows recently with partner Ann Louise Gilligan (PA)
New TD Katherine Zappone (left) after renewing her wedding vows recently with partner Ann Louise Gilligan (PA)

More than 230 same-sex marriages have been registered since last year's historic referendum, new figures show.

Half of the 233 took place in Dublin.

Data supplied to the Herald by outgoing junior minister for Social Protection Kevin Humphreys shows 21 marriages were registered in Cork and 14 in Limerick since the Marriage Bill 2015 was signed into law last year.

Since November 18, 126 same sex-marriages have been registered in Dublin, an average of almost eight a week.

There were eight marriages in both Donegal and Wicklow while seven took place in Galway, six in Kerry and five in Offaly. No marriages involving same-sex couples were registered in Clare.

Mr Humphreys, who is a candidate in the Seanad elections, said he expects the numbers to continue apace.

"These are really positive figures and they show that the number of people using the legislation is growing and is quite dispersed around the country," he said.

Proud

"Given that it can be quite a difficult task to get wedding venues these days, we can be very proud of these figures, which show the legislation is being used.

"I expect the numbers to increase significantly as people book for what has now become a really important family event," he added.

The Marriage Bill was signed into law on October 29 by the Presidential Commission, made up of the Chief Justice, the Ceann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad.

With President Michael D Higgins on official business in the US at the time, the responsibility of signing the bill into law fell to the commission.

Sixty-two per cent of voters approved gay marriage in last May's referendum, making Ireland the first country in the world to introduce it via a public vote.

A leading figure in the 'Yes' campaign, former senator Katherine Zappone, was elected to the Dail in Dublin South West last month.

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