In the last few minutes, Independent presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has conceded the election. In a statement released on his website, the former frontrunner said, ““In the last hour I’ve called Michael D. Higgins to congratulate him on his performance and his success in this election. He will have my full support as President and I sincerely thank him for a positive campaign. His slogan stated that he would be a President to be proud of and I believe he will be that President.”
Gallagher conceded defeat after the results from the first count put Labour candidate Higgins well out in front. Higgins amassed 373,929 votes compared to Gallagher`s 236,770 showing that the latters popularity has declined signifcantly since The Frontline debate earlier this week.
Martin McGuinness received 119,530 votes to finish in third with David Norris (67,574), Gay Mitchell (64,478), Mary Davis (30,296) and Mary Davis (27,014) following behind.