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Election day in Ireland to choose new president

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Election day in Ireland to choose new president

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Ireland goes to the polls on Thursday to choose a new president.

Seven candidates are battling to succeed Mary McAleese who’s standing down after 14 years.

The post is largely ceremonial but campaigning has been combative, with several candidates forced to defend themselves against various allegations concerning money, terrorism and attitudes to sex.

Until recently ahead in the polls, independent Sean Gallagher appeared to falter in a final TV debate.

Commentators suggest Labour’s Michael D Higgins might benefit.