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Ireland Votes on Lisbon Treaty


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Ireland Votes on Lisbon Treaty

The Irish people were voting on Friday on the Lisbon Treaty, including the Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

He could lose his job if he presides over a second defeat of the Lisbon Treaty. If the referendum is used as a way of expressing anger at the government, the result for the European Union does not look positive either. Cowen warned a rejection would spark an exodus of foreign investment from Ireland, at a time when the ‘Celtic tiger’ economy is really struggling. Healthcare worker Julianne Lyons seemed to have been persuaded: “I voted ‘Yes’. I’m not fully sure about the reasons why, but I think overall I think I’d prefer to be viewed positively by Europe, and I feel like a ‘No’ vote wouldn’t do that. The ‘No’ votes were swaying me but I think overall, Yes.” Teacher Pol Mc An Tsionnach had not changed his opinion from the last time he voted on this Treaty: “I voted ‘No’ for the simple reason is, I don’t understand what they’re trying to implement, I honestly don’t. The politicians, I think, in Ireland have not explained to us fully what is in the Lisbon Treaty, and until they explain it fully I will keep voting ‘No’ if they keep calling elections.” The Lisbon Treaty is designed to speed up decision-making in the EU, give it a long-term president and a stronger foreign policy head There has been fierce campaigning on both sides. The opinion polls were predicting a yes, which would allow Ireland to bask in the glow of European approval and side-step a domestic political crisis.
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