Higgins confident following late surge of support
MICHAEL D Higgins said he was feeling confident about the outcome of the presidential election following a "real surge" of support for him in the days leading up to polling.
Accompanied by his wife Sabina and sons Michael and Daniel, he arrived to cast his vote at Bushy Park National School on the outskirts of Galway city yesterday morning.
Mr Higgins said he was feeling confident, but a little tired after the campaign.
"I feel there has been a real surge in feeling towards me since last Friday evening and it think it gathered further momentum after Monday night's debate," he told reporters.
"I'm confident, but everything really depends on the turnout. There is also a great sense of relief, and I don't think I could have improved on the campaign in any way," he added.
Mr Higgins thanked the people around the country for the manner in which he and his campaign team had been received, and also paid tribute to the media for the courtesy shown to him throughout.
"Our campaign has ended very strongly and that's just the way I would have wanted it.
"I think the outcome will be a clear choice between two different kinds of Irishness," he said.
After receiving his voting papers from presiding officer Niall O'Donnell and polling clerk, Mary Rogan, Mr Higgins and his family posed alongside the ballot box for photographs.
He later left to enjoy a late breakfast with his wife in Galway city centre and was expected to travel to Dublin afterwards to meet voters in Henry Street and in the inner city.
Dana Rosemary Scallon cast her vote at Carnmore National School, near her home in Claregalway.