Incoming results in Ireland deem it unlikely that Libertas leader Declan Ganley will win his EU parliament seat, and just across the water in the UK Libertas candidates were humiliated wherever they stood.
A leading champion of the ‘No’ campaign, Ganley had earlier said he would not take part in fresh efforts to defeat the EU Lisbon reform treaty if he failed to gain a seat. The likely defeat of Ganley will be a crumb of comfort to Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, whose Fianna Fail party suffered a rough night. Cowen’s party lost a crucial EU parliament seat for Dublin to the eurosceptic Socialist party, heaping more pressure on his ruling coalition after a rout in local elections. Overall, the opposition Fine Gael party looked to be the big winner nationally. The Greens failed to win any EU seats while Sinn Fein also lost out for the third European seat in Dublin. Hit hard by the global financial crisis, opinion polls show a majority of Irish voters now favour the EU’s Lisbon reform charter. Ireland is expected to hold a second referendum on the treaty, following its rejection last year.