Ireland re-elects Michael Higgins
MICHAEL D Higgins has welcomed his re-election as president of Ireland as a vote for hope over fear.
The 77-year-old poet, professor and campaigner secured his second term in office with a landslide margin of more than 55% of the vote.
All 40 constituencies around Ireland were declared shortly after 7.30pm. Some 1,492,338 votes were cast.
Speaking in Dublin Castle after he was re-elected, Mr Higgins said: “The people have made a choice as to which version of Irishness they want reflected at home and abroad.
“It is the making of hope they wish to share rather than the experience of any exploitation of division or fear.”
He said his version of Ireland is one which draws on traditional genius and contemporary creativity. “The presidency belongs not only to any one person but to the people of Ireland.
“I will be a president for all the people, for those who voted for me and those who did not.”