Ireland and Lisbon

A great result – what a relief. I will leave this blog open for maybe a week just to capture any last-minute or after-the-event comments and will then end with a final message or messages. As you know, I started the blog for the referendum so it will soon be time to fade away.

All Over

All over. The full results are in. In all, 59% of eligible voters voted. There were 1,171,769 Yes votes (67%) There were 576,851 No votes (33%) I thought it would be closer, My very inaccurate prediction was 53 – 47 I am glad that I am not always right. Last year there were 862, 415… » read more

The following statement is being released by Europe for Ireland: Europe for Ireland welcomes the strong endorsement of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish people. The big majority reflects the clear wish of the Irish people to continue to play an active role in the development of the European Union and to work together with… » read more

With just one constituency left to report, it seems the final result will be a 2 to 1 vote for Yes – nearly 67% to 33% and a bit. Turnout was close to 60%, compared to 53% last time. Even adding the results of the two referendums together it looks like an overall Yes majority.

We will not win every constituency. The two Donegal constituenies have narrowly voted No by 51.46% (South West and 50.27% (North East). Nationally, the Yes vote is running about 64 -36 so far.

Isn’t this exciting. I am sitting in Kitty O’Shea’s with a pint (not Guinness which I dislike) anda burger. Guy Verstofstadt is clearly not Irish – he turned up at noon for an Irish party that was supposed to start at noon. Irish parties never start on time. The result now is not in doubt… » read more