Ireland votes to lift blasphemy ban

Howard TerryOct 30, 2018

An official declaration will be made in Dublin Castle - but the new presidential term doesn't actually begin until November 11.

It was only the second time an incumbent President was challenged for the position, yet Mr Higgins led the polls from day one.

The politician scored 56% of the vote.

"A lot of Peter Casey's business is based in Atlanta so he is obviously very familiar with this populist Trump-like politics".

Mr Casey saw a surge in support after he accused Irish Travellers of camping on other people's land and criticised the refusal by some to take state-provided homes.

Mr Higgins' re-election was hailed by Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as an "historic victory".

The turnout across the country was less than half, coming in at 43.79 percent.

Michael D Higgins has been re-elected as President of Ireland.

Mr Varadkar said: "There is a misunderstanding between the settled community and Traveller community".

Mr Higgins was elected yesterday for a second term as President of Ireland, with a total of 822,566 votes (55.8%).

"I think it's definitely becoming a more secular country", said David Tomkin, 70, as he prepared to cast his vote.

Mr Duffy said he did not regret standing.

"I will, on your behalf, represent an Ireland committed to a peaceful world and a shared planet and together we will ensure that Ireland's voice matters", he said.

On Friday polls opened at 7am (0600 GMT) and will close at 10pm (2100 GMT), with votes due to be counted on Saturday.

Sean Gallagher had 5.52%, Liadh Ni Riada with 5.3%.

Ms Freeman also praised her fellow candidates. Exit polls and early results indicated the measure top remove was backed by over two-thirds of voters.

Mr Casey's performance, however, shrank to nothing in the wake of that from the 77-year-old President - so popular that he has been immortalised in innumerable handknit tea cosies and won the largest majority in the history of the State, eclipsing even de Valera in his prime.

His campaign was dogged by controversies over Aras spending, including his use of the Government jet.

"We believe that having a criminal offence for blasphemy in Ireland is a bit outdated so we're asking people to change that".

He might run again next time - but added that this could be a problem because "I could be Taoiseach by then".

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