The first stage of a vote is passed by the Church of Ireland synod on the introduction of women priests.

On 15 May 1990 the Church of Ireland synod voted on the ordination of women priests.

The Archbishop of Armagh Dr. Robin Eames announces the results of the synod vote with the two thirds majority required reached in both houses. After the result media speculation was rife on the possibility of a synod split over the decision. While this is just the first stage in the voting process, the general view in the church is that it will be carried.

RTÉ News speaks to members of the synod to get their reaction to the results of the vote.

Dr. James Mehaffey, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe gives his reaction to the vote.

Today’s debate was a clear indication of how people from both sides of an argument can make their case, listen to each other and accept decisions.

For the female Deacons, the reaction was one of mixed emotions. Rev. Ginnie Kennerley gives a cautious reaction

It’s only part of the process and the process continues over the next couple of days, and I just hope that we can continue with it calmly, peacefully and prayerfully without too much hurt on any side.

While Rev. Irene Templeton is so emotional she can barely speak.

Well it’s a tremendous step for our whole church.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 May 1990. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.