Counting is underway in the Presidential election with a landslide victory for Michael D Higgins on the cards.

He's likely to win another seven years in Áras an Uachtarain with Peter Casey looking like the runner up.

 

With Dublin Central 50 per cent tallied Michael D Higgins was getting 7 in every 10 votes, roughly mirroring the picture in the rest of Dublin

There Liadh Ni Riada was in second with Peter Casey third.

The national trend though shows large pockets of support for Mr Casey

Cavan/Monaghan is showing high levels of support for local man Seán Gallagher, early tallies giving him 20 per cent behind Michael D Higgins in the mid 40s

Not good for Gavin Duffy in his home county though - one box in Dundalk had zero votes for the businessman.

In Waterford some boxes have Peter Casey as high as 25 per cent

Michael D Higgins was leading Mr Casey 55-20 after 60 boxes were open in Cork - with native Liadh Ni Riada 4th after Sean Gallagher

One box in Portlaoise saw Michael D Higgins get 100 of 182 votes with Peter Casey getting 59 of the rest.

Donegal has seen a number of spoiled votes - 13 co-ordinated ballots with anti-abortion written on them

While a box in Arklow saw three spoiled votes - all for Gemma O'Doherty

There is no tally person at the count centre in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar today so no official tally figures. However looking at one box in the West Mayo Municipal District, the national trend seemed to be reflected. 

The overall picture is a comfortable win for Michael D Higgins, with Peter Casey in the early 20s after him and a dogfight for third between Liadh Ni Riada and Seán Gallagher. 

 

 

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