President Michael D Higgins is on course for a second term in office
LIMERICK has voted by a significant majority to give Michael D Higgins a second term as President.
The electorate in the city have backed the incumbent president with 18,904 votes (57.69%), with Peter Casey in second on 7,845 (23.9%)
Third is Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ni Riada, who received 1,964 votes (5.99%), while Pieta House founder Joan Freeman was in fourth spot with 1,917 votes (5.85%). Fifth is businessman Sean Gallagher with 1,557 (4.75%) while Gavin Duffy was in last place, with 578 votes having already conceded last night (1.9%).
This vote is reflective of the national picture.
Meanwhile, in rural Limerick, the result of the first count is expected to be announced here at the Limerick Racecourse in the next hour.
Later tonight, the returning officer will declare the national result in Dublin Castle. But this is expected to confirm the Ennis Road-born man has won the 2018 Presidential Election.
President Higgins, who will serve a further seven years in Aras an Uactarain was named a Freeman of Limerick in 2014.
In the city, the total turnout was 42%.
Counting will now commence on the referendum to remove the provision of blasphemy from the Constitution.
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