The majority of the counts are in in the Presidential election.

Michael D Higgins will be comfortably re-elected as President.

 

With the majority of centres reporting it's a clear victory for Michael D Higgins.

He'll poll above 50 per cent and be elected on the first count.

In Dublin the sitting President's vote was much stronger with over 70 per cent voting for him in Dun Laoghaire.

Mr Higgins has already exceeded the amount of votes he got in 2011.

Businessman Peter Casey has amassed almost 300,000 votes, around 23 per cent of the electorate.

It's a dogfight for third between Liadh Ni Riada and Sean Gallagher - both disappointing and coming in around 6.5 per cent.

Joan Freeman is just under 6 per cent and Gavin Duffy will be last.

In Dublin Central he received just 200 votes.

The official declaration is likely to come sometime after 7

 

 

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