Eleven same sex marriages have taken place in Wexford since Referendum
Published 26/05/2016 | 00:00
Eleven same sex marriages have taken place in Wexford since the Marriage Equality Referendum.
Figures released last week by the Department of Social Protection show that nationwide a total of 412 same sex couples have married since the historic Marriage Equality Referendum.
In May 2015, 62 per cent of voters said yes to marriage equality, making Ireland the first country in the world to have a popular vote to legislate same-same marriages.
The figures show Dublin accounted for just over half of all marriages - with 213 registered since the Marriage Act 2015 was signed into law last November.
A total of 24 same sex couples have registered their notification to marry with the registrar in Wexford in the last year while eleven of these couples married in that year.
There were 43 marriages registered in Cork and 25 in Limerick. Wicklow had 17 same-sex marriages, followed by Galway with 14, while Wexford, Kildare and Donegal each had eleven weddings registered.
Carlow, Leitrim and Monaghan -each had one marriage registered while Clare is the only county not to register a same sex marriage in the year.
Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has welcomed the figures.
'The Marriage Equality Referendum was a historic day for Ireland. One year on, it's really great to see that 412 marriages have now taken place which otherwise would not have happened. It's a timely reminder of that momentous vote on that momentous day.'
The number of same sex marriage notifications submitted and marriages registered related to the period of May 22, 2015 to close of business on May 15, 2016.