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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 1, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    All over bar the shouting

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    It turned out to be an even damper squib than some people were forecasting. The latest tally is putting the Yes vote at 60.5% which is in line with the opinion polls.

    It would be nice to think that this would solve our problems but there is a terrible feeling that it might just be another drop in the ocean.

    The euro will no doubt stabilise for a while but we are likely to see an outbreak of nerves coming up to the Greek elections of June 17th.

    Despite running a rather poor campaign, the Government has got the Treaty through. Perhaps the smartest move was spending an extra Eur 2m on an information campaign.

    The concept of “neutral information” is the subject of regular debate. Elements on the No side contemplated taking injunctions over the website and booklet and information leaflet distributed throoughout the State.

    They backed-off, however. Had they lost, it would have meant substantial costs and might have weakened the existing basis of the McKenna Judgment. That is, of course, the Supreme Court ruling of 1995 which laid down that the State could not spend taxpayers’ money on one side in a referendum campaign.

    Now it’s back to the real world. Expect issues like household and water charges to come back onto the agenda, not to mention other delights. Roll on summer …


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