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Irish Say Strong Treaty Endorsement Seems to Be Materializing

June 01, 2012

A poster produced by the Fine Gael political party urging a 'YES' vote hangs from a street light in Dublin. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

A poster produced by the Fine Gael political party urging a 'YES' vote hangs from a street light in Dublin. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Simon Coveney, director of elections for Ireland’s ruling Fine Gael party, said early counting of votes from yesterday’s referendum seems to be indicating a “strong endorsement” of the European Union’s fiscal treaty.

“‘I am very hopeful that the ‘Yes’ campaign will get a strong endorsement,’’ he said in an interview today. ‘‘That strong endorsement seems to be materializing in the early boxes that are being opened, and I would be very hopeful that that would continue both in Cork and be replicated around the country.’’

Counting began around the country at 9.a.m. local time.

To contact the reporter on this story: Finbarr Flynn in Dublin at fflynn3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dara Doyle at ddoyle1@bloomberg.net


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