Gay marriage looks set to pass in Ireland
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Gay marriage looks set to pass in Ireland

IRELAND looks set to become the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote.

According to early figures, yesterday's referendum appears to be a landslide victory for the yes side.

Voter turnout was the highest Ireland has ever seen for a referendum - with people on both sides canvassing up to the last minute.

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Dublin county's early figures show a 70 per cent majority in favour of the yes vote, while Cork North West, the constituency with the most narrow majority in the 1996 divorce referendum, has a 53 per cent majority on the yes wide.

Meanwhile, the second referendum on lowering the minimum age for the presidency of Ireland from 35 to 21 looks set to be defeated.