Over 3 million eligible Irish voters will get to be heard tomorrow as they vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. The vote will be counted on Saturday. Once the dominant growth economy in Europe, the Celtic tiger is barely purring like a kitten. High unemployment (13.5%), financial institutions on their knees and a construction industry gone bust may push the electorate psyche to ratify the treaty this time around. ‘A strong Yes vote will send a powerful message internationally that Ireland remains at the heart of Europe’. According to Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny ‘the treaty would reform EU institutions to cater for a population of 500 million in 27 states, and to prepare Europe for the many challenges it faces, including the growing economic power of nations like China, Russia and India’. A No vote should put the EUR under renewed pressure.
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