Irish approve European Fiscal Compact in referendum

May 31, 2012, midnight

Irish voters last Thursday approved a referendum to amend the Irish constitution, permitting the country to ratify the European Fiscal Compact. With just over 50 percent of voters turning out, 60 percent voted yes, while 40% voted no. The “yes” supporters were led by the Ireland’s two governing parties, Fine Gael and Labour, as well as, the main opposition Fianna Fáil. Sinn Féin and the United Left Alliance led the opposition to the treaty.

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