People voted across the country yesterday in a number of ballots - here's what we know so far:

  • Citizens voted in the European Elections, Local Elections and also in a referendum on divorce arrangements.
  • In addition, voters in Cork City, Limerick and Waterford were asked their views on directly elected mayors.
  • The referendum on divorce has passed with 82.1% voting in favour
  • Almost 2,000 candidates are contesting the local council elections.
  • There are 949 seats up for grabs on 31 councils around the country.
  • At this point, 214 of the 949 local election seats had been filled around the country.
  • The contest is taking place across 166 local electoral areas.
  • Turnout so far in the local elections is at 48.9%
  • At over two feet long, the Ireland South constituency for the European Election has the longest ballot paper in the country...23 candidates are in the running.
  • Ballot boxes were opened at 9am yesterday morning.
  • Thomas Welby, an Independent candidate in Conamara, became the first councillor to be elected in the country at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.
  • Eamon Ryan said a "green wave of thinking" across Europe has "risen" in Ireland.
  • Míchéal Martin said that Fianna Fáil is "on track" to remain as the largest political party in local government.
  • The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said he understands the "very clear message" from the electorate that they want the Government to "do more on climate action".
  • Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she is "disappointed" with her party's showing in the local elections and admitted it is facing losses.
  • More than 400 million people are eligible to elect 751 members of the European Parliament.
  • The first official results are expected to be announced late on Sunday once voting in all EU countries is over.
  • Between all the ballots, counting could run into Tuesday next week.