Ireland elects Michael D Higgins president

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The Labour Party's Michael D Higgins has been officially confirmed as the ninth Irish president after one of the most remarkable comebacks in the state's history.

The poet and campaigner received 701,101 first-preference votes - almost 40% of the total.

He was elected on the fourth count with 1,007,104 votes.

The returning officer read the final tallies at Dublin Castle.

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