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Senator Katherine Zappone: 'People are voting for a republic of love'

As voting continues to decide the referendum on legalising same-sex marriage, equality campaigners Senator Katherine Zappone and her partner Dr Ann Louise Gilligan said the vote represented a “new Ireland being born”.

Casting their votes earlier today, the couple said they were “hoping and praying” that the results would go the right way tomorrow.

“I believe so much that the Irish people will vote yes, will vote for equality. For a republic of equals, a republic of love,” said Senator Zappone.

“I just can’t begin to imagine what we’re going to feel like come tomorrow.”

Speaking at a polling station in Rathcoole Village, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan said that Ireland was on the “cusp of extraordinary change”, and expressed her delight that the country was voting for the right to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“We’re literally standing on the brink as a new Ireland is born. Not simply for the minority that this referendum concerns but for all the people of Ireland,” she said.

“We can stand tall together. That’s why I’m delighted this is a referendum because no one can claim the victory, or single anyone out.”

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