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  • Early Days but already early doors for No side

    June 1, 2012 @ 12:36 pm | by Harry McGee

    It’s just after noon and already the die is cast. The win won’t be emphatic – nothing like the 67 per cent to 33 per cent of Lisbon II – but it will be clearcut enough for the forces railed on the Yes side to claim a mandate for the fiscal treaty.


  • A class and generational divide?

    @ 12:24 pm | by Mary Minihan

    No alarms and no surprises for the Yes side in the end, although the lowish turn-out may have allowed the most optimistic on the No side to dare to dream very briefly yesterday.
    Talking about class difference makes many of us uncomfortable. We live in a Republic, after all. But tallies are broadly showing, as polls predicted, that the Yes campaign had strong backing from middle-class voters while many working-class voters remained opposed to the treaty.

    That’s basically what I found when I went around polling stations in Dun Laoghaire yesterday. (My colleague Pamela Duncan did the same thing in Donegal. The idea was to canvass a traditionally strong Yes and strong No constituency.)

    I also found something of a generational split, with lots of older people fretting that younger voters had drifted towards the No side.

    A growing number of disgruntled and politicised working-class voters, and disillusioned young people across social divides, means that problems are being stored up for Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail.

    Will Sinn Fein be the direct beneficiary, or is there scope for the emergence of a single-issue anti-EU party?

    Did fear win the day, as some on the No side will say? Let us know.

  • Enda Kenny’s campaign

    May 30, 2012 @ 3:02 pm | by Harry McGee

    Because of the referendum, there has not been a huge amount of activity around Leinster House this week.
    There was a smattering of Government and Fianna Fail TDs knocking around this morning. The consensus was that the Yes side will prevail but there was a difference in confidence levels between parties.


  • Proud to be a Nation of Serial Referendum-Holders

    May 29, 2012 @ 6:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Personally, I am quite proud of the way we hold referendums on just about everything in this State. It underlines the sovereignty of the people in a very significant way.


  • Fiscal Exhaustion

    @ 12:36 pm | by Harry McGee

    The texts of European treaties will never make it onto the bestseller shelves at airport bookshops. The prose can be horribly dense and inaccessible –under such a torrent of tortuous sentences even the most impermeable EU anoraks can feel the soul-destroying dampness seep through. (more…)

  • Sun Shines on the “Shinners” in Killarney

    May 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings from sundrenched Killarney. It is a wonderful place especially in this weather but, ochone, ochone, your humble scribe is stuck indoors at a windowless conference centre.


  • The 40-year-old intern: ‘working for free’ as a grown-up?

    May 22, 2012 @ 9:31 am | by Mary Minihan

    I got some interesting statistics from the Department of Social Protection on the age profile of people signed-up to JobBridge, the Government scheme which allows people to work as interns while receiving the dole and a €50 allowance. (more…)

  • Green Party Conference

    May 19, 2012 @ 4:54 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Green Party conference is taking place this weekend in Kilkenny. It’s a low key event with a a few hundred delegates, with a good deal of self-examination and talk of renewal.
    There could be few more suitable opportunities for a party in search of its soul than to go in search of its stance on the fiscal treaty.


  • Thinking Negative, voting positive

    May 17, 2012 @ 5:41 pm | by Harry McGee

    The latest polls have all been trending towards Yes even though there is still a lot of volatility and a greater number of undecideds than you would expect at this stage of the campaign.


  • Welcome to the Age of Uncertainty

    @ 5:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    They say you can’t compare opinion polls from different companies but I’m never exactly sure why and people will do so anyway. Thus it is comforting for the Yes side that today’s Millward Brown Lansdowne figures in the Irish Independent show  37% saying they will vote for the Fiscal Treaty as compared to 24% who are opposed.


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