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Ireland presidential election: Voters set for polling day

Image captionContesting the election are, clockwise from top left, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ni Riada, Michael D…

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Contesting the election are, clockwise from top left, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ni Riada, Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher

Polls will open in the Republic of Ireland later on Friday as voters elect their president.

Mr. Higgins is the first incumbent in 50 years to face a challenge in his bid for a second seven-year erm.

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1; the role is mainly symbolic and he or she can not get involved in daily politics.

Voters are also being asked whether they want to remove the offense of “blasphemy” from the constitution.

Many were unaware there was such an offense until referred controversial remarks made by the actor and writer Stephen Fry on an RTE program

The last person to be prosecuted for blasphemy

The last person to be prosecuted for blasphemy.

But the matter was dropped when the police officers could find no one who was offended. was in 1855 when the British ruled Ireland.

In the presidential poll, Mr. Higgins’ rivals include:

  • Liadh Ni Riada, the Sinn Fein MEP
  • Senator Joan Freeman, a campaigner on mental health issues and the founder of the charity Pieta House
  • Sean Gallagher, a businessman who was the runner-up for seven years ago
  • Gavin Duffy, a former broadcaster who now works as a businessman in the communications industry
  • Peter Casey, a Londonderry- born business

Dublin Castle Announcement

Polls suggest that people will vote overwhelmingly to remove references to

The three businessmen were all “dragons” in the Irish version of the Dragons’

Mennesker som bor på islands ud for Donegal, Mayo og Galway har allerede stemt i presidentvalget og folkeafstemningen.

The measure has the support of all the main parties and the main Christian churches. on blasphemy to ensure that weather conditions would not prevent their ballots being counted with the rest of the country.

Polls will be open from 07:00 local time until 22:00.

Counting in centers across the state will begin on Saturday morning at 9:00.

The official result, expected on Saturday evening, will be announced at Dublin Castle.

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