In the first ever national referendum to decide the fate of gay marriage, Republic of Ireland voters have decided in favour of moves to legalise gay marriage in the country.

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No fewer than 3,200,000 (three million and two hundred thousand) people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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Government ministers have said they believed it would pass, while the antagonists have conceded defeat.

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Counting started at about 9am on Saturday.

The result of the referendum is expected to be announced later on Saturday