Voters will go to the polls today to elect the country’s next president.
Polling stations across the country opened at 7am and remain open until 10pm to give people the opportunity to cast their ballot.
More than 3.2 million people are entitled to vote in 40 constituencies.
The local returning officer in Waterford, Neil Rooney says there are a number of changes for today’s Presidential Election and Referendum.
St. Martin’s Special School, Ballytruckle, has re-located to St. John’s Villas, in Lower Grange.
Entrance is opposite the Centra Store, St. John’s Park.
The Polling Stations previously located at St. John’s College Hall, John’s Hill, have now re-located to John’s College Conference Centre, where voters are requested to use the Respond entrance at The Folly and follow the signs to the Polling Stations.
The Polling Stations previously located at Tramore G.A.A. Hall, Riverstown, Tramore, have re-located to Gaelscoil Philib Barún, Crobally Upper, Tramore.
The Station previously located at Kilmeaden Village Centre has re-located to Ballyduff National School, Kilmeaden, Booth No. 3.
Polling Information Cards issued to voters for St. Martin’s Special School, Ballytruckle, and Kilmeaden Village Centre are valid at the new locations.
Six candidates are vying for the highest office in the state.
They are incumbent President Michael D Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ni Riada, and three businessmen – Sean Gallagher, Gavin Duffy and Peter Casey.
The electorate will also be asked on the ballot paper whether they want to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Irish constitution.
Most islanders have already had their say as voting got under way on 12 islands off the coast of counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway on Thursday, a day ahead of the rest of the country.
Douglas Hyde became Ireland’s first president in 1938.
Mr Higgins is the country’s ninth president. He was elected in 2011.
Four presidents have served for two terms, or 14 years in total. They were Sean T O’Kelly, Eamon de Valera, Patrick Hillery and Mary McAleese.
The Irish Government has appealed for people to use their vote but turnout is not expected to be as strong as the abortion referendum earlier this year.
Count staff will begin sorting and collating the ballot papers at count centres across the country from 9am on Saturday.
A result is expected by Saturday evening, or by early Sunday at the latest