Polls opened in the Local and European elections today for more than 2,000 people who live off the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

It is expected to be the last time that islanders vote ahead of the rest of the country - after they argued it left them at a disadvantage. 

The leaders of the main political parties returned to the campaign trail today - the final opportunity to impress the electorate ahead of polling in the elections across the country tomorrow.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was in Cork city - campaigning with Tánaiste Simon Coveney, to support Fine Gael candidates in the elections.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was also on the stump in Cork city - appealing for the public to back his party's two candidates in the Ireland South constituency.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was expected to canvass in the capital, after touring the Midlands-North-West constituency on Sunday.

A frenetic end to the campaign was to be expected - with smaller parties like the Greens, Independents4Change, Social Democrats, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Aontú, as well as many Independents, all battling to secure seats.


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The public will also vote on the Divorce Referendum.

The electorate is being asked if they wish to remove the four-year minimum living apart period from the Constitution, and allow a reduced term to be defined by legislation. 

In addition, a plebiscite is being held in Cork, Waterford and Limerick, to see if voters there want to give their backing to the proposal of creating directly-elected mayors. 

In the UK, polls have opened in the European Parliamentary elections.

The vote takes place amid deep tensions between British Prime Minister Theresa May and her MPs and members of her Cabinet.

Last night, one of the longest serving Leave ministers resigned from government. Andrea Leadsom said she no longer believed that the government plan on Brexit would deliver on the referendum result.

Tomorrow, Mrs May will meet the chairman of a group of her backbench MPs, amid speculation that she will share with him a timeline for her departure from office.