Micheal D Higgins has been re-elected as President of Ireland. | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

Micheal D Higgins has been re-elected as President of Ireland.

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With a comfortable lead on top of the polls since the campaign began, Micheal D Higgins sailed through to a win on the first count with 822,566 first preference votes or 55.8 per cent of total valid votes.

After his re election, Micheal D Higgins said, People have made a choice as to which version of Irishness they prefer… I will be a President for all of the people.

According to results, businessman Peter Casey, who struggled at just 2pc in the polls last week, soared into second place with 342, 727 votes (23.3pc). Sean Gallagher, who came second in his 2011 bid, achieved just 94,514 votes, coming in third with 6.41pc.
Liadh Ni Riada came fourth, with 93,987 votes (6.37pc). Joan Freeman earned just 87,908 votes (6.0pc), while Gavin Duffy failed to make an impression on the electorate and gained just 32,198 votes (2.2pc).

In the Presidential Election, there were a total of 1,473,900 valid votes. The President promised to represent everybody in the country, regardless of whether they voted for him or not.

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