Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Michael D. Higgins may become Ireland’s next president, with initial tallies of votes for the presidential election showing him in the lead.
Higgins, a former Labour Party minister, looks set to top the polls based on tallies across all 43 constituencies, Dublin- based broadcaster RTE said on its web site. Tallies in two Dublin constituencies showed Higgins taking about 40 percent of the vote, while Sean Gallagher, who had led in the polls before the election, was at less than 30 percent, according to RTE.
Gallagher, an independent candidate and judge on the “Dragons’ Den” show, saw his prospects dim after he came under attack in a televised debate on Oct. 24 over his links with Fianna Fail, the party that presided over the collapse of the economy. Gallagher’s spokesman Richard Moore said the “omens” weren’t good for his candidate in an interview with RTE today.
Seven candidates are running for the post, including Northern Irish Republican Martin McGuinness. The role of the Irish presidency is largely ceremonial and a final winner of the vote is expected by tomorrow evening.
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