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Forecasts mixed as voters go to the polls in Ireland

Nearly 2 million voters cast ballots Thursday in Ireland's second general election in eight months.

Conflicting last-minute opinion polls Thursday afternoon forecast victory for both Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald's coalition government of Fine Gael and Labor Parties and for Charles Haughey's Fianna Fail Party.

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Mr. Haughey is being opposed in his own Dublin constituency by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the former member of Parliament, who has fully recovered from an assasination attempt a year ago. She was not expected to win a seat. Provisional Sinn Fein, the political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, had seven candidates, including two prisoners.

It seemed likely the result will be in doubt until Saturday.

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