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Ten gay marriages in Ulster

By Niall O'Connor

There have been 10 same-sex marriages in Ulster since last year's historic referendum in the Irish Republic, new figures show.

A total of 233 same-sex marriages have been registered across the Republic, according to the Irish Department of Social Protection.

In Ulster there were 10 gay marriages - eight in Donegal and one each in Cavan and Monaghan.

The couple who married in Monaghan were Darren Baird and Tony Day, from Belfast and Lisburn, respectively.

Since the first same-sex marriage in Ireland was celebrated in 2015, 126 have been registered in Dublin - an average of almost eight a week.

While Northern Ireland was the first place in the UK to have civil partnerships, it is now the only part of the UK or Ireland where gay marriage is not legal.

In November a majority of MLAs voted in favour of same-sex marriage for the first time, but the DUP used a petition of concern to veto any change to the law.

Two gay couples are currently challenging the prohibition in Belfast's High Court.

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