President Michael D Higgins spent more than any other candidate in the election which saw him returned to Áras an Uachtaráin last year.

He incurred expenses of €367,338, according to a report published by the Standards In Public Office Commission.

The President had €200,000 of his spending reimbursed because he won the contest.

The only other candidate who benefited from a reimbursement was Independent Peter Casey who was repaid €119,911.

Under legislation candidates must either have been elected or exceeded one quarter of the quota to be reimbursed.

The maximum amount which may be reimbursed is €200,000.

As Mr Casey only spent €119,911 he has been repaid his full expenses. He also had the lowest spending of any of the candidates.

Independent candidate Joan Freeman had expenses of €253,194, Independent Seán Gallagher's spending was €246,820, Sinn Féin's Liadh Ní Riada's expenses were €209,716 and Independent Gavin Duffy's expenditure was €163,438.

The total amount of donations disclosed by candidates was €74,300.

President Higgins had the largest amount of donations at €41,300.