Nicky Byrne and Georgina Ahern have married this afternoon at a Wicklow Registry Office.

Byrne and his fiancée, the eldest daughter of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, must have a civil ceremony in Ireland before their showbiz wedding in France next weekend.

Crowds of reporters and Westlife fans gathered at the office to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Ahern arrived with her mother, Miriam, and was driven to the rear entrance of the Registry Office, followed by husband-to-be Byrne.

After the short wedding ceremony the couple again left separately.