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Voting in the General Election in Tipperary will go ahead on Saturday.

Last night, Minister Eoghan Murphy signed a "special difficulty order" to allow the vote take place in the five-seat constituency at the same time as the rest of the country.

It had been deferred following the death of Independent candidate Marese Skehan this week.

Under the law, an election in a constituency has to be deferred if a candidate dies.

The deferral would have delayed the first sitting of the Dáil in a fortnight's time.

However, the Attorney General's office provided advice to the Department of Housing and Local Government allowing the vote to proceed.

"The minister is satisfied that this order is necessary to address a special difficulty that occurred this week in relation to the holding of an election in the constituency of Tipperary," a statement from the department said.

Mr Murphy expressed his "sincere sympathies" to the family and friends of Marese Skehan.

Candidates in Tipperary had already been told the vote is going ahead and the count centre in Thurles was gearing up for this weekend.

Irish Independent