ITTN Remembers the Marriage Equality Referendum


Six years ago today (22 May, 2015), Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality for same sex couples. Ireland was the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by public vote.

The moment the result of the marriage equality referendum was announced

On the day of the count, early indications showed a decisive win for the ‘Yes; side and celebrations started early around the country. Crowds gathered at Dublin Castle to await the national result.

An explosion of pure joy

I made my my way into Dublin Castle ahead of the announcement and even managed to get onto the main stage – it’s amazing what a confident look and a big camera will do. Everyone was in such jubilant form that nobody paid attention to the fact that I didn’t have the appropriate press credentials!

I managed to take lots of pictures that day!

Then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny celebrates the result

I managed to take lots of photographs, including all of the gathered politicians who were there to soak up some of the joy.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

Ireland said ‘yes’ by 1.202,607 votes to 734,300 – the vote was passed by a margin of 62 per cent.

The marriage equality referendum was one of the key moments in recent Irish history

It was a goosebumps moment for everyone who was there – there hadn’t been an explosion of pure joy in Dublin since Italia 90 and the Irish football team’s heroics at that summer’s World Cup.

Senator David Norris: he dedicated his adult life to campaigning for the rights of same sex couples

What an incredible day that was!



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