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Presidential competition hotting up

Who would have thought the presidential election, which got off to such a lack-lustre start, could have raised such interest?

While Michael D Higgins is a clear front runner, a history check will show that leading the poll does not always guarantee the top prize.

The outcome is far from clear with many people voting in their first presidential election because of the 14-year gap.

With nearly three weeks to go, none of the candidates have any room for complacency.