The first early turnout figures are in

Update: 2.30pm: In Waterford, returning officers have reported a turnout of 20% at a number of polling stations including St Paul’s in Waterford City and Abbeyside in Dungarvan while it is now above 23% in Portlaw and Ballygunner.

Turnout in Kildare North stands at 20% so far, while Kildare South has seen 16% turnout.

Disability campaigners are criticising a nationwide failure to make all polling centres accessible.

Martin Naughton of the Disability Federation of Ireland says it will be more difficult for some than others.

Mr Naughten said: “Somehow or other, if you are a person with a disablility, yopu have to do research on whether your polling booth is accessible or not.

“If not you have to make arrangements.”

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Earlier: Voting in the General Election is expected to be brisk this lunchtime.

552 candidates are vying to fill 158 seats in the country’s 32nd Dáil.

In Dublin the guards have 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.

Dublin’s Returning Officer is James Barry: “I emailed on the Candidates on February 16, I emailed them again last weekend reminding them of the rules under the 19192 electoral act.

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“And this morning they are still there and it is an absolute disgrace.

“We have reported them to An Garda Siochana, they have been very pro-active on it.”

Early turnout figures have been revealed, although it is still early with plenty of time for people to cast their vote later in the day.

So far the figures show, Enniscorthy 15%, Gorey 15%, Wexford 14% and New Ross 13%.

Turnout in the Offaly constituency – 11% figures so far in Kilcormac, Pollagh, Banagher, Edenderry and Tullamore.

9% turnout has been recorded so far in Kinnitty and Crinkill, while it’s at 10% in Borrisokane in the Tipperary area of the new constituency.

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In Longford-Westmeath, turnout is at 11% in the Mullingar district and 9.5% in the Athlone district.

In Longford, turnout in the north of the county averages 6% and is between 5-10% in the south.

Meanwhile, in the Laois constituency, turnout is at 8% in Portlaoise and Mountmellick.

The highest turnout recorded in the constituency so far is at St Peter’s Boys National School in Monasterevin at 12%.

Turnout in Cork North and South Central constituencies was running at between 7% and 10% up to midday.

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Cork North West was up to 13.2%, Cork South West 15% and Cork East 12.8%.

The total for the county stands at 13.4%.