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Government to announce date for fiscal compact referendum on Tuesday

Ministers will discuss the issue at a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning before revealing the date.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE GOVERNMENT IS set to announce the date for the fiscal compact referendum on Tuesday, the Taoiseach has confirmed.

Ministers will discuss the scheduling of the referendum at the meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday morning before revealing the date later that day.

The Taoiseach made the announcement in Shanghai where he is on the first day of a four day official visit to China. He will be in China until Wednesday, meaning he will not be present at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Earlier this week Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said that the referendum is likely to be held in either late May to early June or else late June to early July.

The government has indicated that the referendum will be scheduled to avoid clashing with the Eucharistic Congress, the European Championships or the Leaving Certificate exams.

The Taoiseach is visiting China as part of a trade mission to promote investment in Ireland following an invitation from Chinese vice president Xi Jinping, who visited Ireland in February.

Enda Kenny is due to meet with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing on Tuesday evening.

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