Irish election: Pro-IRA song played from Sinn Féin van

Mary Lou McDonald Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin will jostle to be Taoiseach in the coming weeks

Mary Lou McDonald Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin will jostle to be Taoiseach in the coming weeks

It now looks nearly certain that no party can win the simple majority in the election as the latest polls repeatedly suggested that none of the three major political parties in the country, namely Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein, can get a support rate of more than 30 percent in the election.

Recent surveys showed that both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail had stalled at the expense of Mary Lou McDonald's Sinn Fein, who had threatened to break up a duo of power between the two centrist parties since the Republic of Ireland was founded.

Before getting the results, here is a selection of the best pictures from this voting day.

'The choice is clear: Go with Fine Gael. or hand our country back to those who wrecked it, ' outgoing Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and centre-right Fine Gael party leader tweeted on Friday.

"I do think there is need to change, " said Noleen Kelly, 50, who works in the public sector, outside a Dublin polling station.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, 59, voted with his family in his Cork city constituency.

A member of the public fills out their ballot paper in a booth in a Polling Station in Dublin.

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, which are closer ideologically, have flatly ruled out any partnership with Sinn Fein.

While Sinn Fein is a major force in the United Kingdom region of Northern Ireland, where it is part of the power-sharing government that helped end decades of sectarian violence, it has always been a minor player south of the border in the Republic.

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Party leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the murder as "barbaric".

No party is expected to reach the 80-seat threshold to enable it to govern on its own, with a coalition is nearly inevitable.

His party has governed Ireland since 2011, first in coalition with the smaller Labour Party and since 2016 as the leader of a minority administration with the tacit support of Fianna Fail.

Polls have closed in Ireland's general election and with no party securing enough seats to lead a government, confusion abounds as voters wait to see which parties will agree to do business with each other to form a coalition.

However, Brexit did not feature prominently in his campaign that was instead dominated by domestic issues such as spiralling rental prices, record-breaking homeless numbers, controversy over the state pension age and a struggling health service.

But Sinn Fein is in a slightly different position to its two main rivals, as it may be unable to find enough like-minded left-leaning allies to form a workable government.

Analysts expected Fianna Fáil to win about 55 seats, with Fine Gael taking 35 and Sinn Féin up to 30.

A new confidence and supply deal can not be ruled out - potentially a reverse of the last one with Fine Gael supporting a Fianna Fail led-minority.

A strong result for Sinn Fein could even force Ireland's two traditional political superpowers to contemplate the once unthinkable - a grand coalition in government together.

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