Irish support for the Lisbon Treaty is growing according to opinion polls.
The survey by the Irish Times indicates that 52 percent of the Irish would vote in favour of the document, which they rejected in a first referendum just under a year ago. A second ballot is scheduled by this autumn – a date has yet to be set. Ireland is the only EU member whose constitution requires a popular vote on the document. Despite growing dissatisfaction with the Irish government, voters are apparently warming to the EU’s reform treaty, seeing Brussels as a safety net in difficult economic times. Prime minister Brian Cowen hopes concessions he has won on military neutrality, taxation and retaining Ireland’s right to keep its own commissioner will ensure a ‘yes’ vote.