The politician scored 56% of the vote.
President of Ireland for second term re-elected the current head of state Michael Higgins.
This is evidenced by the exit polls conducted by the Irish media, reports The Irish Times.
The results of the elections that took place on Friday, Higgins collects about 56% of the votes and wins the election in the first round.
His closest rival Peter Casey scored 21% of votes, the other candidates have not gained more than 8%.
It is also noted that the elections recorded a rather low turnout. Official election results are expected on Saturday evening.
The President of Ireland is the head of the Republic of Ireland. The President is elected for seven years, hold office for not more than two cadences in a row. The functions of the President of Ireland is limited mainly to representative.
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