There were seven same-sex marriages in Laois in 2016, according to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office.
In the first full year in which same-sex couples could marry, there were 1,056 such unions in 2016, making up 4.7% of all marriages in the State.
However, the Laois figure of 1.85% is below the national average with seven same-sex marriages from 377 marriages in total.
Of the seven same-sex marriages recorded in Laois in 2016, three were male and four female.
In total there were 1,056 same-sex marriages recorded in 2016. Longford was the only county to have no same-sex marriages while Offaly (6), Clare (6), North Tipperary (5), South Dublin (4), Leitrim (4), Monaghan (3), Limerick County (3) and Roscommon (2) were the only local authority areas with less recorded than Laois.
There were 370 opposite-sex marriages in 2016 with 257 of those recorded as Catholic. There were 56 civil marriages, 15 Church of Ireland, 14 Humanist Association and 10 Spiritualist Union of Ireland. There were no Presbyterian marriages in Laois in 2016 while 11 of the marriages were recorded as ‘other religious denominations’.