Prez vote, Oct. 27

Irish voters will elect a new president on October 27, the government has announced.

Voters will be asked to decide three referenda on the same day in relation to judicial pay, the Abbeylara case (Dáil committees) and a third matter that has yet to be decided. October 27 is a Thursday.

Environment minister Phil Hogan said the government decided on Thursday over a Friday vote because it would be a bank holiday weekend. Hogan said the choice of day would "facilitate staff."

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It won't, however, facilitate Irish citizens living in the U.S. and elsewhere overseas as they will not be permitted to vote either for president, or in the referenda.