There was applause in the Dáil this afternoon as the Marriage Bill passed all stages and now moves to the Seanad.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: "This is a day to thank the people of Ireland for their vote on May 22nd."

She said: "I am very privileged to be here today. This is an important step towards the enactment of the bill and I look forward to bringing this bill to the Seanad very soon and enacting this bill in the next few weeks."

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said it was a historic day.

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald congratulated Minister Fitzgerald and said: "This is a moment of joy in this chamber."

Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy said it was a "momentous day on our journey towards a more equal republic".

Former justice minister Alan Shatter said efforts must be made to ensure that people are able to get married on Saturdays.

The current system only allows same-sex weddings to take place from 9-5pm Monday to Friday.

Members of the Yes Equality group were in the public gallery today.

Applause as Marriage Bill passes all Dáil stages