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# Race for the Áras
Presidential debates: When and where they are happening
RTE and TV3 have bagged the presidential candidates for several face-offs so far. Here’s where you tune in.

THE FINAL LINE-UP of candidates vying for the Irish presidency will be confirmed when the nomination process hits its noon deadline tomorrow.

So far, Gay Mitchell, Michael D Higgins, Mary Davis, Sean Gallagher, Martin McGuinness, Dana Rosemary Scallon are definitely over the line. David Norris has to secure the nomination of one more council to join them in the race for the Áras.

Either way, the battle commences tomorrow at lunchtime – here are the TV and radio platforms where you will see and hear their pitch for your vote. TheJournal.ie will be livetweeting each debate so you can keep in touch with the action on the go:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 September, 1pm: News at One, RTE Radio 1

The presidential candidates will each be interviewed by Seán O’Rourke for three minutes before a round-table debate is opened in this hour-long special edition of the lunchtime show.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 September, 9.35pm. Primetime, RTE1

The candidates will regroup for a 5-10 minute interview each with Miriam O’Callaghan and team. The mini-interviews will then be assessed by a panel of experts.

Friday, 30 September, 9.35pm. The Late Late Show, RTE1

Ryan Tubridy will be steering the first major debate between the candidates.

Tuesday, October 4, 9pm. Vincent Browne’s Big Presidential Debate, TV3

Vinnie Browne will host the second major presidential debate on TV3 and the station promises that the debate will be “lively and informative”.

Monday, October 17 (Time TBC). Frontline, RTE1.

Pat Kenny conducts the third all-candidate presidential debate.

For all TheJournal.ie’s Presidential election 2011 coverage, see here>

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