Irish voters head to the polls Thursday to vote on the new European treaty – but with substantial numbers of undecided voters, the result is far from a foregone conclusion and could isolate the country from the rest of the European Union.
While most political parties and business groups are behind the Yes campaign, the voices of the naysayers are getting increasingly louder.
“In contending that the fiscal treaty will solve our dilemma, the European Commission and European Central Bankare pissing down Ireland’s back and telling us it’s raining,” David McWilliams , one of the country’s best-known economists, wrote in the Financial Times Tuesday.
Recent polls suggest that the Yes vote will carry the day – but around 20 percent of voters are still undecided.
Sinn Fein, formerly best known for its connections to the Irish Republican Army, is trying to increase its foothold in Ireland outside the six counties which make up the North. The nominally left-wing party has seized on the opportunity to be seen as more than a single-issue group.
Michael O’Leary , the irascible chief executive of Ryanair, branded No campaigners “lunatics” on CNBC earlier this month.Page 1 of 4 | Next Page