Irish President Michael Higgins wins second term

Elias Hubbard
Октября 28, 2018

Michael D Higgins has been re-elected Irish president after winning a landslide victory with 822,566 votes.

When the results were announced on Saturday night only a handful of spectators were there to witness it - a stark contrast to May's referendum, which saw vibrant celebrations when the majority backed a campaign to end a ban on abortion.

Mr Higgins is Ireland's ninth president.

Michael D Higgins has comfortably won this election with Peter Casey putting in a strong performance. The vote share was just below the record 56.3 percent received by longtime independence leader Eamon de Valera in a two-way contest in 1959.

Mr Higgins, who was able to nominate himself as an independent candidate for another seven years, said: 'The people have made a choice as to which version of Irishness they want reflected at home and overseas.

A Tipperary councillor has said that Peter Casey's "Donald Trump-like tactics" resulted in a surge in his Presidential Election vote.

The Irish public has voted overwhelmingly to remove the reference to blasphemy from the Constitution. It was the latest in a series of measures that have seen the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country step back from the religion's influence over government.

Opinion polls had Mr Casey, who lives in Donegal, on 2% but following on from controversial comments about those on social welfare and the traveller community his national popularity rose to 20%.

The businessman said his advocacy for "middle Ireland" - people who are struggling to pay bills and get on the housing ladder - was the reason his campaign resonated with the voters.

He said: "It's been incredible, it's been a real experience the past six weeks or so".

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