Labour's Joan Burton: It's a rainbow nation day
LABOUR Leader Joan Burton has described today as a "rainbow nation day" as Ireland hurls towards an historic yes vote for marriage equality.
She added that there's a new notion now of Ireland 'Cead Mile Failte.'
"This vote is for mothers, fathers, children, aunts, uncles...everyone."
Speaking at the Dublin County referendum count in CityWest, she added that is a wonderful victory for the people of Ireland.
" We now extend our Cead Mile Failte to all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the world to come to our shores," she said.
She added: "I would like to thank everyone who turned out to vote, Yes voters and No voters equally".
Junior Minister for Tourism Michael Ring says the predicted win for the Marriage Equality Referendum was a good day for the nation.
Mr Ring said the vote had shown Ireland had "matured as a nation". He also welcomed the turnout adding it was a good day for democracy.
"The people have spoken and that’s the one thing. Because what happened in the past is you had referendums with 26pc or 27pc of the people turning out and they were making the decision.
"We can’t say that today. There was a massive turnout, it was like a general election turnout so it’s a good day for democracy," he added.
Speaking about the rural urban divide, Mr Ring said a positive outcome was that the split was very narrow.
"If you went back to previous referendums, abortion and divorce it was a much higher no vote but now you can see it narrowing down, with people beginning to get more open minded now and the younger people have come out and spoken today and I think that is good," he added.