The Yes side has prevailed
The first tallies have come in and even though it’s only 10.20am, it’s clear that the Yes side will win. The margin looks like it will be at least 20 per cent, mirroring the second Nice Treaty. Above 60 per cent for YES, less than 40 per cent for NO.
There may be one or two constituencies, Donegal North West, where No will slightly prevail. But for the rest, it’s clearcut.
There was a strong sense among all politicians I spoke to over the last few days that there was a palpable swing to the NO camp.
But it’s clear now that that wasn’t so, that the reassurances of the YES side and the arguments about the economic consequences of a NO vote prevailed.
Great line from Joe Higgins there, as he more or less condeded. In football parlance, he said, it’s now one-one and we need to have a replay.