There has been a huge surge in support for The Green Party, according to the exit poll for the local and European elections.
It is on course to see a candidate elected in all three European constituencies.
The Green Party also pulled in 9% of the vote in the local elections according to the exit poll.
It projected mixed fortunes for Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.
The race to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May is under way.
She will quit as Conservative Party leader on June 7th - but will stay on as prime minister until a successor is chosen in late July.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is the first cabinet minister to throw his hat in the ring.
Concerns are being raised over traffic jams at the summit of Mount Everest as the death toll on the mountain continues to rise.
Galway man Kevin Hynes died in his tent on the mountain on Friday, just a week after Trinity Professor Seamus Lawless from Wicklow went missing.
As many as seven people have died on the mountain this week, while stunning images show hundreds of climbers lining up to try to reach the top of the world's tallest peak.
Saturday marks a year since the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
More than 66% of the Irish public decided to overturn our ban on abortion.
The Pro-Life Campaign will mark the anniversary with an awareness event in Dublin's Grafton Street - while 'Together for Yes' marked the occasion in the capital on Thursday.
Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee begin a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry later.
The 29-year-old was shot by dissident republican group the New IRA on the Creggan estate in Derry last month.
The demonstrators are walking to call for an end to killings in the North.