Senator Ronan Mullen looks set to be re-elected to the Seanad

He has tweeted results, showing him on 20% of the poll so far

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Senator Ronan Mullen pictured outside Leinster House | Image: RollingNews.ie

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen looks set to top the poll in the Seanad election for the National University of Ireland (NUI).

The senator has tweeted figures, suggesting he is on 20% of the vote.

The senator has ran his campaign on a ticket of a politician "who stands up for the voiceless and vulnerable in our society".

"There is an increasing appetite for change in Irish politics", he says.

"People realise that political parties cannot be trusted to honour their election promises. There has been justified outrage over the failure to respect TDs’ and Senators’ deepest convictions on a range of issues", he adds.

Senator Mullen was a strong advocate for a 'No' vote in the marriage equality referendum last year.

He claimed that if the referendum was passed, it would have undermined children's rights.