The Irish Government is looking at the possibility of introducing same-sex marriages in the country.
It has commissioned an expert panel to examine the issue.
A number of proposals have been made over the years to change the definition of marriage and the laws around it.
The Government is yet to make a decision on whether to allow same-gender marriages.
A spokesman for Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the Government is not yet in a position to make any announcements about the issue at this stage.
The issue of same-type marriages has been raised in recent years as the Irish Government has begun to implement reforms to the way the law treats same-religion marriages.
In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same sex couples, ruling that such unions were recognised as valid marriages.
The Irish Law Reform Commission has also been working on a report which has the potential to change laws and could pave the way for gay marriage.