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Norris ahead... in online race

Independent presidential candidates David Norris and Sean Gallagher are topping the Facebook and Twitter polls with their social networking followers.

Mr Norris, with 21,000 Twitter followers, has four times the number of anyone else in the campaign while Mr Gallagher has almost 5,500 followers, Michael D Higgins 5,000 and Mary Davis almost 2,000.

Sean Gallagher leads Facebook with 13,500, compared to 11,500 for Mr Norris and 4,500 for Martin McGuinness.