As the votes are counted across Ireland, the country looks set to be the first in the world to legalize gay marriage via a nationwide referendum. There appears to have been a high turnout across all demographics, with early indications of a strong ‘yes’ vote – even by a 2:1 majority by some estimates. ‘No’ campaigners are understood to have already conceded defeat.
Counting is expected to be completed later on Saturday, in time for the Eurovision Song Contest. The result would leave Northern Ireland as the only part of the British Isles where gay marriage would remain illegal.