Sunday, October 04, 2009

Donegal Says No?

Voting results indicate that Donegal said "No" to the treaty, albeit by a smaller margin than the last referendum. Can we not just do the best of three?

http://www.highlandradio.com/news.php?articleid=000004900
... At the Donegal North East count centre in Letterkenny, where the tallies have just been completed, it's looking like a 52% to 48% victory, while in Donegal South West, where the tallying is continuing, indications are it's neck and neck.

However, nationally, it's looking like a 60 / 40 split in favour of the Yes side, with NO campaigners conceding defeat. Libertas chairman Declan Ganley and other anti-treaty groups saying the NO vote was defeated because of a dishonest Yes campaign
60% isn't a huge majority for such a major change. And I'd guess the main reason for such a change is because of the dire state of the economy, people are voting about long-term consequences based short-term issues. The dire Economy will last 1-10 years, becoming closer to the EU will last a lot longer than that.


This blog has some interesting analysis:
http://www.irishelection.com/2009/10/where-lisbon-was-won/

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