Irish Voters to Select President and Decide Referendums Thursday

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Irish voters head to the polls Thursday to elect a new president and decide referendums on the constitution.

Political analysts say there is no clear cut frontrunner in the race between Martin McGuinness of the Sinn Fein Party, Independent Sean Gallagher, and Michael Higgins of the coalition government's Labor Party.

The winner will succeed Mary McAleese, who held the symbolic post for 14 years.

Voters will also be deciding referendums to the constitution, including one giving the government authority to cut the pay of judges.

The other referendums ask whether the state can provide legal protection for parties assisting the government and should lawmakers be able to conduct fact finding inquiries.