Number of voters appears to be low
Reports from polling stations around the country suggested a generally poor turnout before Thursday lunchtime.
Despite the fine autumnal weather, presiding officers warned that the number casting ballots appear down on the general election in February.
Southern counties were reportedly well below the last poll, with mixed returns in the border region. As expected, commuter counties have reported low figures while rural areas in the Midlands have experienced strong turnout.
Dublin city and county are also both well down on the general election, which saw a real appetite for voting with 70% of the electorate casting ballots - the highest since 1987.