President Michael D. Higgins makes his acceptance speech. Photograph: Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

President Michael D Higgins’s second term begins on November 11th, when he will be inaugurated at St Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle, swearing the oat(...)

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher  with his wife, Patricia,  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

Defeated presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has not ruled out a future involvement in politics, though he conceded his campaign and his messages ha(...)

Peter Casey received his highest support nationally in Tipperary – the constituency where  he criticised a number of Traveller families for refusing to accept offered council houses. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

John Leahy, leader of the Renua party and a member of Offaly County Council, believes he lost 300 votes in his home-town of Kilcormac when he was wron(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at the count centre for the presidential election & blasphemy referendum in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has denied it was a mistake to hold a presidential election. Speaking after Michael D Higgins was re-elected Presi(...)

Businessman Gavin Duffy secured just over 2 per cent of the vote in the presidential election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gavin Duffy tried to take his wooden spoon finish the presidential election in good spirits, but the businessman may have lost more than just the chan(...)

There was a spike in tweets at 10pm on Friday when The Irish Times exit poll was published. Visualisation: Vincent Ryan

The debate last Tuesday drove the most Twitter activity surrounding the presidential election, according to an analysis of the social media platform. (...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking in  Dublin Castle on Saturday after he was re-elected. Photograph: Collins

Here is the full text of President Michael D Higgins’s acceptance speech, delivered after his re-election was confirmed in Dublin Castle on Saturday n(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The re-election of Michael D Higgins as president of Ireland has drawn international reaction following his decisive victory. Mr Higgins received 822(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The best that can be said of the presidential election is that it is over. A shallow, vacuous campaign that sputtered to a predictable conclusion with(...)

Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina arrive at Dublin Castle for the count. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Through a long afternoon of resigned and regretful comings and goings at Dublin Castle, Michael D Higgins remained in his office and worked on his re-(...)

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