Voting got under way in the Irish Republic on Wednesday (30 May) to choose a new President, to succeed Eamon de Valera.
SV PAN People go to polls at Rathmines, N.I.
SV Candidates poster (O'Higgins)
SV Another poster (Childers)
SV Childers (centre) arrives at booth (2 shots)
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CU, SV Girls hand out O'Higgins' leaflets (2 shots)
GV Polling station at Glasthule, Co. Dublin
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SV O'Higgings family arrive to vote (2 shots)
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Background: Voting got under way in the Irish Republic on Wednesday (30 May) to choose a new President, to succeed Eamon de Valera.
The two candidates in the field were Erskine Childers, aged 68, and Tom O'Higgins, aged 56.
Mr. Childers, a Protestant, represents the Fianna Fail party, which was thrown out of office in last February's general election. He claims that a win for him would improve the chances of reconciliation with Protestant Northern Ireland.
Mr. O'Higgins is a Roman Catholic barrister, representing the Fine Gael-Labour coalition, which won the February election. Both candidates have pledged to play a more active part in public affairs.
Mr. de Valera, a founding father of the Irish Republic, is retiring after two seven-year spells as President. He is 90.