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Updated 22.15.

Voting in the general election has finished for the day. Over 550 candidates are contesting 157 Dáil seats.

Over 3.3 million people had the right to vote at polling stations across the country. The polls closed at 10.00pm tonight.

Turnout had been higher than usual in some urban areas, but earlier reports were lower outside of the large towns.

Cork City registered a turnout of between 30% and 35%, while parts of Longford have recorded only a 5% turnout.

The party leaders have already been casting their votes.

One seat has already been filled - with the automatic election of previous Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett.

In Dublin, the guards had been called because some candidates are reported to have broken canvassing rules.

No posters are allowed within 50 metres of polling centres on vote day.

Returning officer for Dublin, James Barry, spoke to Newstalk Lunchtime.

Sinead McNamara is the returning office for Cork county.

Information from the Department of the Environment shows the numbers of people entitled to vote on the islands where voting took place yesterday.

On Inishfree, just four people are registered. The population on our remote islands comes to only 2,583 people.

Read our voting guide for the day here.

Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Sergeant Paul McGee (left) follow as Air Corp crew member Dermot Corcoran carries a ballot box after landing by helicopter on the island of Inishbofin. Picture by: Niall Carson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Oscar Duffy carries a ballot box on Inishfree Island off the coast of Co Donegal, ahead of the election. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Garda Margaret Byrne (left) and presiding officer Majella Harkin carry a ballot box on Inishfree Island off the coast of Co Donegal. Picture by: Brian Lawless / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Philomena Currid waits with her son John Currid and their dog Nallah to cast her vote as her home is turned into a polling station on Inishfree Island. Photo: Brian Lawless / PA Wire/Press Association Images