Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has reiterated strong support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, saying he supports it “with every fibre of my being”.

The Republic of Ireland, which introduced civil partnerships in 2011, is set to vote this May on extending civil marriage to same-sex couples.

Speaking on RTE in an interview with Claire Byrne, Farrell spoke of his out gay brother Eamon, and reiterated his unwavering support for same-sex marriage.

“I carry Ireland with me everywhere I go, and I love my country deeply,” he said. “This is my coming out of the closet as it were publicly and saying that I support this vote with every fibre of my being.”

He has made several pleas for same-sex marriage in recent months.

Farrell – who was the best man at his brother’s wedding – is a long-time supporter of BeLonG To, which combats homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

There are currently no plans to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.