Marriage Bill set to be signed into law next week

Ireland's first same-sex marriages will be taking place next month, after the laws allowing them passed their final hurdle.

The Marriage Bill 2015 was passed by the Seanad and can now be signed into law by the President next week.

Once that takes place, it will only require a ministerial order to allow marriages to begin, and for foreign marriages to be recognised.

David Norris was one of those in the Seanad to watch the Bill pass its final stage:

The bill can now become an Act when it is signed by President Michael D Higgins (or by the Presidential Commission, as the President is travelling in the United States). That should take place between Tuesday and Thursday next.

Thereafter the law will take full effect when a commencement order is signed by Joan Burton - which could mean marriages will begin within a fortnight.

Campaigners for marriage equality say it's a momentous day - and it's time to go shopping for hats.

Our political correspondent Gavan Reilly filed this report for Today FM's National Lunchtime News: