Donegal South West by-election described as steady this evening

Voting is continuing in the Donegal South-West by-election, and the turnout is described as steady.

Polling stations opened at 7am and remain open until 10pm.

Over 62,000 people are entitled to vote to fill the Dáil seat vacated by Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher when he was elected to the European Parliament in 2009.

At the minute it's estimated that there is a 35% to 45% turnout at this stage.

There was almost a 50% turnout in Dunfanaghy and Carrick.

People living on Donegal's five off-shore islands cast their votes on Monday and it is estimated that the turnout was roughly 43%.

Meanwhile A 105 years old great-great grandmother braved the cold and frosty weather this afternoon to cast her vote in the Donegal South West by-election.

Bridget 'Biddy' Mc Gee of Annagry, West Donegal arrived at the local polling booth at Annagry National School just after lunchtime with her son Michael.

Biddy, who just celebrated her 105th birthday last month to become one of Ireland's oldest citizens, said it's important that everyone goes out to vote and express their opinion at election time.

Presiding officer Diane Byrne said it was great to see Biddy out voting on such a cold day.