"Everyone seems to be predicting a 'yes' and that seems to be the case at the moment. It's disappointing," said John Murray from Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, which spearheaded the 'No' campaign.

Early indications suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.

More than 3.2 million people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
    
However, supporters have been warning for weeks of a large block of 'shy', largely rural and elderly 'No'voters, who have not been as vocal in the campaign.

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