Turnout in Ireland general election estimated at 70%

The polls have closed in the Republic of Ireland’s general election.

Turnout is believed to be close to 70%. There are 566 candidates contesting 165 seats in the Irish parliament.

The ballot was called a few months after the ruling coalition negotiated an 85bn-euro (£72bn) EU/IMF loan package. Divisions had emerged in the ruling coalition between Fianna Fail and the Green Party.

The first results are expected early on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading

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Ireland approves EU’s Lisbon Treaty in second referendum

Irish voters approved the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum with 67.13 per cent voting “Yes”, final official results showed on Saturday.

A majority of voters in 41 of Ireland’s 43 constituencies voted for the treaty in Friday’s plebiscite, according to the results released by Ireland’s electoral office. Continue reading

Slow start to Irish vote over EU Lisbon Treaty

Voting got off to a slow start Friday as Ireland went to the polls to decide — for the second time — on the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty.

Several polling stations in Sligo in the north-west of the country were reporting “a very slow start” to voting with very low numbers turning out so far.

Just 14 people out of 650 had voted in one booth by 9 a.m. in Tubbercurry. Continue reading

German lawmakers back EU treaty, eyes on Ireland

German lawmakers approved legislative changes on Tuesday which should pave the way for ratification of the EU’s Lisbon reform treaty, putting the onus on Ireland to back the text in a referendum next month.

The Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, backed the changes after Germany’s highest court demanded in June that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government tweak legislation on the EU treaty to make it comply with the German constitution. Continue reading

Euro hopeful accuses Radio Telefís Éireann (RTE) of party bias

An independent candidate in Friday’s European election told the High Court yesterday he had been treated unfairly by RTE in its coverage.

Fiachra O Luain, of Abbott’s Wood, Carndonagh, Co Donegal, who is seeking a seat in the North-West constituency, claimed the State broadcaster’s election coverage was unbalanced and heavily favoured Libertas candidate Declan Ganley.

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon refused to grant Mr O Luain a mandatory injunction directing RTE to include him in last night’s Prime Time European Election Special programme only hours before the show went on air. Continue reading