Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has signed a special order to allow the General Election vote take place in Tipperary on Saturday. 

Plans to hold the vote in the five seat constituency had been put on hold earlier this week following the death on Independent candidate Marese Skehan on Monday.

On the penultimate day of election campaign all candidates across the country now know that voters will cast their verdict on Saturday.

After extensive legal consultations an order was signed late last night that allows the vote to proceed in Tipperary.

The department which oversees elections confirmed that after considering the advice of the Attorney General, something called a special difficulty order was signed by Minister Murphy.

This order stated that a delay to the Tipperary vote was not possible, because it would fail to meet the constitutional requirement to hold an election within 30 days of the dissolution of the last Dáil.

Earlier, James Seymour, the Returning Officer for Tipperary, said it is his understanding that they will use the existing ballot paper, which contains the name of the Ms Skehan.

He said he understands that this may be "very distressing" for some, but that they "simply wouldn't be able to remove her name".

Mr Seymour also thanked the people of Tipperary for their patience, in particular the 700 staff who are involved in the election.