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In Pictures: Irish voters go to the polls in General Election

If opinion polls prove correct, Sinn Fein is on course to challenge the 90-year duopoly of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

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Garda Tom McBride and Presiding Officer for Gola Island Nancy Sharkey carry an election ballot box past the statue of the Virgin Mary on the island’s harbour, off the coast of Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Garda Tom McBride and Presiding Officer for Gola Island Nancy Sharkey carry an election ballot box past the statue of the Virgin Mary on the island’s harbour, off the coast of Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Garda Tom McBride and Presiding Officer for Gola Island Nancy Sharkey carry an election ballot box past the statue of the Virgin Mary on the island’s harbour, off the coast of Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Voters in Ireland are heading to the polls in the country’s first Saturday General Election for more than a century.

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Residents of Gola Island, off the coast of Donegal, had the opportunity to cast their vote a day ahead of the rest of the country in the Irish election (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar votes at Scoil Thomais in Castleknock, Dublin (Damien Storan/PA)

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Mr Varadkar will be hoping his administration’s economic record and handling of the Brexit process will convince enough voters to renew his tenure (Damien Storan/PA)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and family vote at St Anthony’s Boys National School in Ballinlough, Cork
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and family vote at St Anthony’s Boys National School in Ballinlough, Cork (Yui Mok/PA)

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Mr Martin shared a kiss with his wife Mary (Yui Mok/PA)

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President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne voted at St Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix Park, Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald, with local councillor Seamas McGrattan, cast her vote at St Joseph’s School in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

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If opinion polls prove correct, Sinn Fein is on course to challenge the 90-year duopoly of the state’s two main parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael (Niall Carson/PA)

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Many voters took their canine friends along to join in the action (Niall Carson/PA)

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Nuns cast their votes at Knock National School in Co Mayo (Liam McBurney/PA)

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