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Presidential vote underway in Ireland

Presidential vote underway in Ireland
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The Irish are voting for a new president. Seven candidates are fighting for the biggest share of just over 3.1 million electors.

Two referenda are also being voted on – one on judges’ pay, the other on parliamentary investigations.

The result appears to be a close race between a businessman and former reality TV star, Sean Gallagher and Michael J. Higgins, a poet and former culture minister from the Labour party, part of the governing coalition.

Irish presidential elections are often grubby affairs with personality not policies taking centre stage for the largely ceremonial office, and this one has been no different.