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Ireland could now say yes to Lisbon Treaty

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Ireland could now say yes to Lisbon Treaty


New research has suggested Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty last June could be reversed if a second referendum is held.

A poll for an Irish newspaper claims to show that voters attitudes have changed, with 43 percent saying they would vote yes, 39 percent no and 18 percent undecided.

It will be music to the ears of Prime Minister Brian Cowan, whose popularity has slumped since he was elected in May.

The Irish government is due to make a decision about holding a second vote before a meeting of the European Council next month.

Voters in the Republic were asked how they would vote if the terms of the Treaty were modified to address their concerns.

These included retaining an EU Commissioner, as well as special declarations on neutrality, abortion and taxation.

However, observers are warning that with 18 percent of the electorate claiming to be undecided, the outcome of a second ballot would still hang in the balance.

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