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Best reactions from the Marriage Referendum

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Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West.  Picture;  Gerry Mooney

Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Rory O'Neill (Panti) at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle.
Photo: Mark Condren

Rory O'Neill (Panti) at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Photo: Mark Condren

Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris  at  the Marriage Equality Referendum and the  Presidential Age Referendum count   in the RDS Simmonscourt .
Pic Frank Mc Grath

Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

Senator Katherine  Zappone (left) and her wife ( WIFE)  Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan  at  the launch of the  I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign   for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday . Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

Senator Katherine Zappone (left) and her wife ( WIFE) Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan at the launch of the I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday . Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

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Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry

Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the  Presidential Age Referendum count  in the RDS Simmonscourt .
Pic Frank Mc Grath

Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

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Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Ireland's historic vote to enshrine gay marriage in the constitution was heralded as a new era with tears and joy.

Some of the most high profile campaigners and figureheads of the equal rights campaign were quick to share their thoughts as victory was declared from early on Saturday.

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Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West.  Picture;  Gerry Mooney

Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald pictured at the count centre in City West. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Here are some of the reactions.

* Leo Varadkar, the country's first openly gay minister, said: "Something has been awakened in the Irish people ... it was not just a referendum it was more like a social revolution."

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Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris  at  the Marriage Equality Referendum and the  Presidential Age Referendum count   in the RDS Simmonscourt .
Pic Frank Mc Grath

Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

Rory O'Neill (Panti) at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle.
Photo: Mark Condren

Rory O'Neill (Panti) at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Photo: Mark Condren

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Traolach O Buachalla from Dublin pictured with Sen David Norris at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

* Rory O'Neill, rights campaigner AKA Pantibliss, was preparing a double celebration with the Eurovision final also taking place and said: "This is the epitome of a grassroots campaign that started 40 years ago when a tiny group stood up and said they had nothing to be afraid of."

* Senator David Norris, who drove the decriminalisation of homosexuality from the 1970s to 1993, said: "It's wonderful. It's a little bit late for me ... I've spent so much time pushing the boat out that I forgot to jump on and now it's out beyond the harbour on the high seas, but it's very nice to look at."

* Senator Katherine Zappone, who unsuccessfully fought years of court battles to have her marriage in Canada recognised in Ireland and proposed on live television as the results became known, said: "I'm feeling emotional from the top all the way down to my toes."

Her wife Anne Louise Gilligan added: "We have created a change, all of us. That's the wonderful thing about the referendum, all of us together have created this change."

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Senator Katherine  Zappone (left) and her wife ( WIFE)  Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan  at  the launch of the  I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign   for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday . Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

Senator Katherine Zappone (left) and her wife ( WIFE) Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan at the launch of the I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday . Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

Senator Katherine Zappone (left) and her wife ( WIFE) Dr.Ann Louise Gilligan at the launch of the I'M Voting Yes.Ask Me Why campaign for Civil Marriage Equality at the National Library of Ireland,Kildare street Dublin yesterday . Pic Tom Burke 9/4/2015

* Equality minister Aodhan O Riordain couldn't compose himself when he took to Twitter: "Ireland hasn't just said "Yes" ... Ireland has said: F*** YEAAHHHH"

* Pat Carey, a former government minister who came out as gay earlier this year aged 68, welled up saying: "It's down to the brave, ordinary people of Ireland who took their courage in their hands."

* Eamon Gilmore, former Labour Party leader who pushed the coalition government to hold a referendum, said: "I think it is a very powerful statement by Ireland to the rest of the world."

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Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, who came out earlier this year, campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the marriage referendum in Tralee, Co Kerry

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Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the  Presidential Age Referendum count  in the RDS Simmonscourt .
Pic Frank Mc Grath

Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

Eamon Gilmore pictured after he arrived at the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Presidential Age Referendum count in the RDS Simmonscourt . Pic Frank Mc Grath

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