Moments: Candidates reflect on presidential race

A President 'for all the people'

Michael D Higgins was re-elected to serve a second-term as President winning 55.8% of the vote. In his victory speech, Mr Higgins vowed to be a President "for all the people" of Ireland. He added: "The people have made a choice as to which version of Irishness they want reflected at home and abroad."


Casey 'could be Taoiseach' in 2025

In the space of a week, there was a huge surge in support for Independent candidate Peter Casey. In the end, the Derry native received 23.3% first preference votes, putting him second in the race. He said he would contest again in the next presidential election, but added he "could be the Taoiseach then".


Gallagher could run for presidency again

Despite coming second in the 2011 presidential election, Independent candidate Seán Gallagher had a poor performance this time round, receiving just 6.4% first preference votes. However, he has not ruled out running for the presidency again.


Ní Riada gets 6% of the vote

Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada got 6.4% of the vote. Her party leader, Mary Lou McDonald, said she was disappointed that her candidate did not poll more strongly in the election. Ms Ní Riada said she would like to see the President now lead the discussion on a united Ireland.


Duffy says he has no regrets

Independent candidate Gavin Duffy, who received 2.2% of first preference votes, said he has no regrets following his election campaign. He said he applied for a job which he now realises was not available, and that he was proud he put his hat in the ring.


Freeman will not run for office again

Joan Freeman, who also ran as an independent candidate, finished with 6% of the vote. The Pieta House founder said that following the election she did not think she would run for office again.


Casey's supported on 'whole range of issues'

Peter Casey came under fire during the election campaign for comments he made about the Travelling community. Martin Collins of Pavee Point called Mr Casey's comments "inflammatory" but said he believes Mr Casey's support in the end was based on a "whole range of comments, on a whole range of issues".


Govt has to listen to protest vote - Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said that there were different elements to Peter Casey's vote. He told RTÉ News that some votes were made in protest, and that the Government has to listen to it and respect it.


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