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'There's nothing like an Irish wedding' - Senator Katherine Zappone proposes live on television

Senator Katherine Zappone has proposed to her partner at Dublin Castle, asking her to re-marry her in Ireland.

The move came live on RTE as Senator Zappone was speaking about the strong 'Yes Vote' indicated by first tallies.

Zappone and her partner Ann Louise Gilligan were married in Canada but their marriage was not recognised here. They have been fighting this in the Irish courts since 2004.

 In wake of the overwhelming Yes vote, the Senator 're-proposed' to her wife live on television. The Senator's Wikipedia Page has already been updated to reflect this.

Senator David Norris joked that he would act as the couples' flower girl for the ceremony.

The Senator yesterday shed tears as she cast her vote in the historic referendum.

The couple reappeared on RTE so that Gilligan could give Zappone an answer.

"I said Yes twelve years ago in Canada and now we are bringing the Yes home. Yes, Yes, Yes!"

"Today we are free! Yes, Yes, Yes!"


Those present at Dublin Castle and watching on television have taken to Twitter to applaud the move.



Meanwhile, Limerick has said 'Yes' to the marriage referendum and so did one local woman who was surprised with a marriage proposal, just seconds after the final tally result was confirmed.


A surprise proposal at the Limerick count centre

A surprise proposal at the Limerick count centre

A surprise proposal at the Limerick count centre


As counting continued to confirm what tallies have predicted, Bruno Mars' 'Just the Way You Are' blared out on a speaker at the count centre in University Sports Arena, when one lesbian woman got down on one knee to propose to her long term girlfriend.

"Kate we make a great team. I love you inside and out, head to toe I don't want to waste another minute of my life without you as my wife," said Billie.

The 41-year-old got down on one knee and proposed to her 26-year-old partner Kate Stoica just seconds after tallies confirmed that the referendum is set to be passed in both Limerick constituencies.

"I'm very overwhelmed right now and slightly mortified," said Katie who was surrounded by friends and well wishers including her mum Jacinta.

Born in Scotland but living in Limerick for the past 20 years, Billie, who doesn't use a surname, has been planning the marriage proposal for the past few days.

"I'd been planning this with my friends, but only for the past four days. I didn't want to ask if it was going to be a 'No' result, so I came today not knowing if I was going to be able to say it or not.

"But I bought the ring and my friends helped and it looks like it is going to be a Yes so I thought I would ask while I could."

Among those congratulating the happy couple was Katie's Mum Jacinta.

"I never thought this day would come I am very happy for both of them and for everybody else as well."

Final tally results for the two Limerick Limerick constituencies showed 63pc voted Yes in Limerick city and 54pc in the county.


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