Limerick approves referendum on EU fiscal treaty

Alan Owens and Roisi

Reporter:

Alan Owens and Roisi

MORE than 60% of voters in Limerick have voted in favour of the European fiscal treaty referendum.

MORE than 60% of voters in Limerick have voted in favour of the European fiscal treaty referendum.

Despite a relatively low voter turnout rate of just under 50%, the referendum has been passed in both Limerick City and the Limerick constituencies.

In the city the referendum was carried with the Yes vote taking 60.69% and the No vote 39.31%.

The official result for Limerick City was Yes - 18,933 No - 12,262 with turnout at 48.7%.

In Limerick the turnout rate was 48.33% with 20,459 voting in favour of the treaty and 10,491 voting against - 66.10% in favour, 33.90% against.

Sinn Fein Councillor Maurice Quinlivan said: “Obviously I’m disappointed with the results (overall) but I am happy with the results in the south of the city, it shows there is some divide in the county regarding the treaty”.

Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell, whose constituency of Castleconnell had the highest Yes vote majority with 71% said: “I am very happy to have returned such a high vote from my area. From canvassing I had expected a high vote but not this high”.

“I think this referendum sends a strong message across Europe that Ireland has voted Yes,” he added.

Ballot boxes were opened at 9am this Friday in the Sports Arena in the University of Limerick and the count was finished around lunchtime.