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.
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