Join Gareth Naughton and Kevin Doyle as the eyes of the world focus on Ireland on what could be an historic day for our little nation. We will have all the tallies, news, results and gossip from the 43 constituencies today as first the Marriage Referendum and then the Presidential Age Referendum are counted.
The brief hiatus between the casting and the counting of votes in the same-sex marriage referendum affords an opportunity to reflect on a worthy campaign on a social issue. Both sides deserve some credit for the largely positive experience the country went through in debating the matter at hand of whether the State should extend marriage recognition to gay couples.
Empathy is said to be the first step to reform, and while our Government has spoken about meaningful change and being interested in the young, the referendum on reducing the age at which one could run for the presidency will in time be recognised as a sop.
Voting in Referendum 2015 has ceased after Ireland went to the polls in droves. Around 3.2 million people were entitled to vote on marriage equality and on lowering the age of qualification to stand for election as president from 35 to 21. Read our live blog on Independent.ie and see how it happened,