With only one week to go before Ireland’s second vote on the EU’s Lisbon treaty all the signs point to a ‘Yes’ victory.
The government is campaigning hard ahead of the October 2nd referendum following rejection last time round. Polls show almost 50 percent of the electorate now favour the controversial charter. But, it remains deeply divisive and the ‘No’ campaign are certainly not going down without a fight. 33 percent are against with around a fifth of the population reportedly still undecided. Yesterday, police were forced to protect Irish prime minister Brian Cowen at Ireland’s Ploughing Championships when a small group of ‘No’ demonstrators tried to get to the Taoiseach.