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D-Day for the dragon slayer: Michael D takes over the front pages

There’s only one story dominating the papers today….

The front page of today's Irish Daily Mail
The front page of today's Irish Daily Mail

THERE’S ONLY ONE story for the front pages of the newspapers today, and it’s Michael D all the way.

He hasn’t been officially elected yet, but it’s thought to be only a matter of hours until he is named as Ireland’s next president.

Higgins and his wife Sabina were in Dublin Castle last night, expressing delight at the result and accepting the congratulations of the other candidates. You can catch up on the comings and goings, the counts and the recounts in our liveblog from yesterday evening and the early hours of this morning. (To recap on proceedings from earlier in the day, check out part one).

Even though he’s not yet elected, it’s just a formality now according to today’s papers:

D-Day for the dragon slayer: Michael D takes over the front pages
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  • Irish Independent

    The front page of today's Irish Independent features a photo of a smiling Michael D and wife Sabina at Dublin Castle last night, celebrating his presidential victory.
  • Irish News

    David Norris is pictured congratulating the "diminutive 70 year old poet" Michael D Higgins at Dublin Castle.
  • Irish Daily Mirror

    It's P for President on the front of the Mirror.
  • The Irish Sun

    Sharing the front page with ex X-Factor judge Kelly Rowland, The Sun celebrates 'our new prez'.
  • Irish Daily Star

    It's Sabina and Michael D for the front page of the Star, along with the president elect's vow to be a 'president for the people'.
  • Irish Daily Mail

    The Irish Daily Mail's special election edition chronicles the battle between the Labour leader, and Dragon Seán Gallagher.
  • The Irish Times

    The Irish Times too leads with Michael D's promise to be a 'president for the people'.
  • Irish Examiner

    It's a picture of joy on the front page of the Irish Examiner, with Michael D and Sabina celebrating at Dublin Castle.

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