Polls have closed in the Dublin Bay South by-election.

The vote was held to fill the Dáil seat vacated by former minister for housing Eoghan Murphy. 15 candidates put themselves forward for election.

Turnout had reached 38% at 9pm. The lower income area of Ringsend had the highest of four centres with 44%.

Harold's Cross had 40%, Sandymount was on 41%, while Ranelagh, with a higher proportion of rental properties, was lower on 27%.

The average of 38% compares to a final turnout of 26% recorded for both the Dublin Fingal and Dublin Mid West bye elections in 2019.

Dublin Bay South traditionally has a relatively low turnout due to the higher level of renters and only recorded 52% in the last General Election.

The by-election turnout is set to exceed 40%, which would be higher than expected.

The counting of votes will get under way at 9am tomorrow morning with the result expected later in the evening.

Additional reporting John Kilraine