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Noonan Says ‘Extraneous’ Issues Became Part of Past Irish Votes

January 31, 2012

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said today that previous referendums in the country have become entangled in issues that aren’t on the ballot paper.

“On previous occasions, lots of things which were extraneous to the issues became part of the campaign,” Noonan said in comments broadcast by RTE. Noonan said he didn’t want to speculate on a possible vote.

The goverment plans to seek legal advice on the need for a referendum on the proposed European fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said. Kenny has said he will only call a referendum if it is needed.

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