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Polls open in by-elections in the Republic of Ireland

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Image caption Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST on Friday and will remain open until 22:00 BST

Polls have opened in two Dáil (Irish parliament) by-elections in the Republic of Ireland.

The seats being filled are in Dublin South-West and Roscommon-South Leitrim.

In Dublin South-West, 11 candidates are running to replace Fine Gael's Brian Hayes, who was elected to the European Parliament in May.

Ten candidates are contesting the Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election to fill the Dáil seat vacated by MEP Luke Ming Flanagan.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST on Friday and will remain open until 22:00 BST.

Voters are asked to bring photo identification to polling stations.

Meanwhile, counting is due to begin on Friday morning in the Seanad by-election with a result expected in the afternoon.

It is being contested by Fine Gael's John McNulty, Independent Gerard Craughwell and Sinn Féin's Catherine Seeley.

Mr McNulty had asked TDs (Irish MPs) and Senators not to vote for him following controversy surrounding his appointment to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and his subsequent Seanad nomination.

It is understood that following talks with party officials, Mr McNulty has agreed to resign his seat if he is elected.