Same-sex marriage referendum vote counting underway in Ireland

Vote counting is underway in Ireland following yesterday's historic same-sex marriage referendum. A high turnout was reported across the country, as the country was asked whether or not the constitution should be amended to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. _83183141_adrianandshane If the 'Yes' vote is succesful, Ireland will be the first country in the world to have legalised gay marriage as a result of a referendum. Early reports suggest that turnout passed the 60% mark in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford, while crossing 50% in Cork, Carlow, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Shortly after counting began at 9amm, Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tweeted: "I'm calling it. Key boxes opened. It's a yes. And a landslide across Dublin. And I'm so proud to be Irish today." Meanwhile, Fionnan Sheahan, the editor of the Irish Independent added: "Spoke to a Fine Gael strategist who says it's heading towards 65-66% Yes across the country. 2:1 margin of victory. #marref #tallytweets" Just after 10am, David Quinn, the director of the Iona Institute congratulated the 'Yes' side on victory, writing on Twitter: "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done. #MarRef" The official result is expected this afternoon. More Stories: What a 'Yes' vote would mean to me: One man's story... Watch: 'Heterophobic' taxi driver turns the tables on straight customers