Coming to the End of the Line

Posted by jim on 07/10/09

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

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

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 No votes and 752,451 for Yes. Adding together the two results gives a total of 1,924,220 Yes votes and 1,439,266 No votes- overall a strong Yes majority between the two referendums.

Statement from Europe for Ireland

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

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 our partners in Europe to master the challenges that face us all.

We respect our fellow citizens who voted No and we believe that the future will show that their worst fears about the Treaty will not be realised.

Ireland will remain the master of its own destiny in Europe.

It’s 2 to 1

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

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.

Blogging and drinking don’t mix

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

Enough already. Signing off from Kitty O’Shea’s – no more the geek in the corner.

We’ve lost a “Friend”

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

According to RTE, “UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who called for a No vote, compared the referendum to a corrupt election in Zimbabwe or Afghanistan”.

Donegal says No (barely)

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

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.

Thank You Ireland a Good Day for Ireland and Europe

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

These are the words of Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who is speaking as I write.

Live from Kitty O’Sheas

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

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 – a comfortable Yes majority is certain, how big remains to be seen.

The No side concede defeat. Richard Green of Coir has called on Czech President Klaus not to sign the Treaty.

So, it seems that if the Treaty is not finally ratified, we can blame someone else and not the Irish – that is a relief.

I’m late – Guy Verfhofstadt is at Kitty O’Shea’s

Posted by jim on 03/10/09

Guy Verhofstadt is speaking on RTE TV from Kitty O’Shea’s at this very moment.

I’m off air, as I make my way to the party there (not the ALDE/Fianna Fail party – the party party)

Ireland and Lisbon rss

Jim Murray spent eighteen years campaigning for consumers in Brussels as Director of BEUC the European Consumers Organisation – a non-governmental organisation representing some forty independent national consumer organisations from all around Europe. Before that he moved to Brussels he spent 11 years as the first Director of Consumer Affairs (and Fair Trade) in Ireland. He is a Wicklowman, born in Arklow and grew up in Bray. more.