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Irish Presidential candidates, from right, Michael D Higgins, Mary Davis, Gay Mitchell, Martin McGuinness, Sean Gallagher, David Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon Photo by: AP

Live coverage of Ireland's presidential election results

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Irish Presidential candidates, from right, Michael D Higgins, Mary Davis, Gay Mitchell, Martin McGuinness, Sean Gallagher, David Norris and Dana Rosemary Scallon Photo by: AP

16.15: National first count: Higgins 39.6 percent (701,101), Gallagher 28.5 percent (504,964); McGuinness 13.7 percent (243,030); Mitchell 6.4 percent (113,321); Norris 6.2 percent (109,469); Scallon 2.9 percent (51,220); Davis 2.7 percent (48,657).

Quota was 885,882.

Scallon and Davis excluded

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16.00 David Norris, Gay Mitchell, Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher have all arrived at Dublin Castle.

15.55 Arriving at Dublin Castle with his wife and children, Michael D Higgins said he is "very pleased" with his performance in the Presidential campaign.

15.22 Galway West result: Higgins 57.6 percent; Gallagher 18.5 percent; McGuinness10.7 percent; Mitchell 4.6 percent; Scallon 3.5 percent; Norris 3.3 percent; Davis 1.8 percent

15.05 Statement from former President Mary Robinson:

"I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Michael D. Higgins on the election results which show that he will be inaugurated as the ninth Uachtarán na hÉireann. "

15.02 Tipperary North result: Gallagher 35.6 percent; Higgins 34.8 percent; McGuinness 11.8 percent; Mitchell 8.2 percent; Scallon 3.7 percent; Norris 3.7 percent; Davis 2.3 percent

15.00  Carlow-Kilkenny result: Higgins 36.7 percent; Gallagher 33.8 percent; McGuinness 12.4 percent; Mitchell 7.7 percent; Norris 4.8 percent, Scallon 2.7 percent; Davis 1.9 percent

15.00 Michael D Higgins continues to top the polls.

 Sean Gallagher has topped the poll in four (Cork North West and Cork South West, Donegal South West, and Roscommon-South Leitrim).

Martin McGuinness in one (Donegal North East).

14.54 Longford-Westmeath result: Higgins 35.5 percent; Gallagher 33.7 percent; McGuinness 13.1 percent; Mitchell 7.5 percent; Norris 4.8 percent; Scallon 3.4 percent; Davis 2.1 percent

14.53 Roscommon-South Leitrim result: Gallagher 36 percent; Higgins 31.8 percent; McGuinness 14.6 percent; Mitchell 6.5 percent; Scallon 4.4 percent; Norris 3.7 percent; Davis 3 percent

14.51 Wicklow result: Higgins 41.6 percent; Gallagher 28.4 percent; McGuinness 11.6 percent; Norris 8 percent; Mitchell 4.8 percent; Davis 3.1 percent; Scallon 2.4 percent

14.46 Kerry South result: Higgins 36.7 percent; Gallagher 30.6 percent; McGuinness 14.9 percent; Mitchell 7.3 percent; Norris 3.9 percent; Scallon 3.9 percent; Davis 2.7 percent

14.44 Kerry North-West Limerick result: Higgins 37.9 percent; Gallagher 29 percent; McGuinness 16.8 percent; Mitchell 6.5 percent; Norris 3.8 percent; Scallon 3.7 percent; Davis 2.2 percent

14.37 Waterford result: Higgins 38.7 percent; Gallagher 31 percent; McGuinness 13.6 percent; Mitchell 5.9 percent; Norris 5.8 percent; Scallon 2.9 percent; Davis 2.2 percent

14.33 Limerick result: Higgins 38.7 percent; Gallagher 33.5 percent; McGuinness 10.6 percent; Mitchell 7.8 percent; Norris 3.7 percent; Scallon 3.4 percent; Davis 2.2 percent

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14.18 Clare result: Higgins 44.3 percent; Gallagher 31.4 percent; McGuinness 10.5 percent; Mitchell 5.4 percent; Norris 3.6 percent; Scallon 2.8 percent; Davis 1.9 percent

14.17 Dublin North West result: Higgins 38.8 percent; Gallagher 20.3 percent; McGuinness 19.9 percent; Norris 10.6 percent; Mitchell 4.4 percent; Davis 3.7 percent; Scallon 2.3 percent

14.16 Cork South Central result: Higgins 45 percent; Gallagher 24.9 percent; McGuinness 14.1 percent; Norris 6.5 percent; Mitchell 4.7 percent; Scallon 2.8 percent; Davis 2 percent

14.14 Cork North Central result: Higgins 37.6 percent; Gallagher 28.1 percent; McGuinness 20 percent; Norris 5.1 percent; Mitchell 4.7 percent; Scallon 2.9 percent; Davis 1.7 percent

14.12 Dublin North Central result: Higgins 46.4 percent; Gallagher 20.1 percent; McGuinness 11.2 percent; Norris 10.5 percent; Mitchell 5.9 percent; Davis 3.5 percent; Scallon 2.5 percent

14.02 Statement from Dana Rosemary Scallon:

"His wife Sabina and his family are a great support to him and I hope that their time is Aras an Uachtaráin will be happy and successful. I'm sure the supporters in Galway are particularly proud of him at this time'.

13.57 Wexford result: Higgins 36.2 percent; Gallagher 33.9 percent; McGuinness 14 percent; Mitchell 6 percent; Norris 4.8 percent; Scallon 2.5 percent; Davis 2.5 percent

13.56 Currently 23 of the 43 constituencies results for the first count have been announced.

Sean Gallagher has topped the poll in three - Cork North West and South West, and Donegal South West.

Martin McGuinness came first in Donegal North East.

Michael D Higgins topping the poll for the rest of the country.

13.44 Meath West result: Higgins 34.4 percent; Gallagher 33.5 percent; McGuinness 14.9 percent; Mitchell 6.1 percent; Norris 5.9 percent; Scallon 2.7 percent; Davis 2.5 percent

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