10.44: Dublin Mid-West result: Higgins 40.3 percent; Gallagher 22.1 percent; McGuinness 15.9 percent; Norris 10.2percent; Mitchell 6.5percent; Davis 3.1; Scallon 2percent.
The first count in from Dublin Mid-West, (Screen grab from RTE)
10.16: Louth tally – 100% boxes open: Higgins 36%, Gallagher 30%, McGuinness 20%, Norris 5%, Mitchell 4%, Davis 2%, Scallon 2%, tweeted by RTE Election.
10.08: Michael D Higgins looks likely to get around 40 percent of the first preference vote, RTE reports.
9.52: Martin is polling strongly in Monaghan, Donegal, Kerry, Louth & across Cork & Dub constituencies & big increases elsewhere. Thanks, tweets Martin McGuinness' presidential twitter account.
9.38: 2012 100th anniversary of Labour. @md_higgins in Aras and Andrew Montague in the Mansion House Connolly and Larkin would be pleased tweets Steve Wrenn, Labour Councillor for the people of Finglas,Ballymun,Santry and Glasnevin.
9.35: So proud for @md_higgins and @PatrickNulty. Michael D is not a victory for Labour but for Ireland tweets Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour TD (MP) Dublin North Central.
9.28:Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin congratulates Michael D Higgins ''on his very strong performance in the Presidential election which will see him elected the 9th President of Ireland.
''Today is an exceptionally proud day for Michael D, his wife Sabina and their family.
''I have known Michael D Higgins for many years and he will make an excellent President and ambassador for Ireland.''
9.26:You could write the history of Sean Gallagher's entire political career on the back of an envelope tweets Jennifer O'Connell,Columnist with The Sunday Business Post and Irish Independent Weekend magazine
9.25: Joe MagRaollaigh: Presidential returning officer Ríona Ní Fhlanghaile says first national count likely to be completed by 7-8pm tonight, (3-4pm EDT).
One voter appears to have been confused with the PRSTV system (Photo Credit: RTE).
Martin McGuinness at 31 percent in Donegal North East, where all boxes have been opened
9.06: Red C RTE poll says 28% switched first pref in the final week and 58 % switched from Gallagher.
DUBLIN NORTH final tally: Michael D Higgins - 44.7 percent, Sean Gallagher - 25.49 percent, David Norris - 9.93 percent, Martin McGuinness - 10.17percent
Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore congratulats Michael D Higgins on his likely victory on RTE's News at One: “I’m really happy for him… He ran a very positive people and I think people responded to that.”
9.05:With 90 percent of boxes opened in Cork South West, tally puts Higgins at 35 percent; Gallagher at 33 percent; McGuinness at 17 percent; Mitchell at 7 percent; Norris at 5 percent; Scallon at 3 percent; Davis 2 percent
9.02: On RTÉ Radio's News at One One of Seán Gallagher's senior campaign managers, Jack Murray, said it was a very difficult day for Sean Gallagher.
8.45: Tallies from count centres around the country show Higgins to become ninth president of Ireland.
Irish Times report from the election count at the RDS:
8.17: Joe Mag Raollaigh: Returning Officer thinks first count in the Presidential election will be 6pm (1pm EDT) and it could well be that there is a declaration at that stage, RTE reports. If it looks like they will get a final count by 12.30am or 1am, they will keep going.
8.05: As Higgins leads, David Norris offers congratulations: “I’m quite the certain the next president will be Michael D Higgins and I’d like to send my love and congratulations to Michael D, to Sabina and the rest of the family,” he said.