Roche's campaign went into serious decline when she showed a poor understanding of the office, while McAleese provided a formidable campaigner. Banotti also showed her political skills, while Dana surprised all with her appeal and campaigning abilities. Derek Nally's campaign was beset by internal problems. In the final result, McAleese easily beat Banotti, while Dana came in a shock third, forcing Roche into a humiliating fourth. As a result Mary McAleese became the eighth President of Ireland.
The results were as follows:
|Candidate||Party||1st Preference||Share of Vote||Status|
|Mary McAleese||Fianna Fáil||574,424||45.24%||Made Quota|
|Mary Banotti||Fine Gael||372,002||29.30%||Eliminated|
|Derek Nally||Independent||59,529||4.69%||Lost deposit|
|Adi Roche||Labour||88,423||6.96%||Lost Deposit|