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Referendum roundup: 8 days to go

Austerity treaty, stability treaty or somewhere in between? TheJournal.ie keeps you up to date with our evening Fiscal Compact referendum bulletin.

Irish-Greek businesswoman Patricia Tsouros addresses the media, after buying 'out of touch' Michael Noonan a plane ticket to Athens
Irish-Greek businesswoman Patricia Tsouros addresses the media, after buying 'out of touch' Michael Noonan a plane ticket to Athens
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the latest news and campaign moves, squabbles and – hopefully – useful tidbits of information as we face into the 31 May Fiscal Compact referendum.

(If you just want to make up your mind by yourself, you can read TheJournal.ie’s layman’s guide to the treaty).

WHAT’S NEW?

  • Enda Kenny is meeting other European premiers at a so-called ‘growth summit’ in Brussels this evening. The leaders are expected to identify measures to aid growth after pressure from several countries including France.
  • Meanwhile, the Taoiseach is still declining to reveal whether he will take part in a live TV debate ahead of the vote. The Irish Examiner reports that he is under increasing pressure from other parties, including his Yes campaign-mates Fianna Fáil.
  • A large majority of Irish people would support holding a second referendum on the EU treaty formally establishing the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund according to a Red C poll commissioned by EU Democrats.
  • We’ve been hearing more arguments from both the Yes and No sides, with Naoise Nunn making the case for staying in Europe’s “credit union”, and Michael Taft arguing that the Treaty is bad news for many European countries.
  • What do you really want to know about the referendum? What are the questions that you feel haven’t been answered? Tell us here, and we’ll do our best to find the answers for you.

LATE OLYMPIC BID OF THE DAY

It’s too late, Joan. Sorry.

HIGHLY ORIGINAL SLOGAN OF THE DAY

Junior minister Alan Kelly with Henry Healy – Barack Obama’s distant cousin – come up with a new catchphrase for the Yes side in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

PREDICTION OF THE DAY

COLOURING INSIDE THE LINES AWARD OF THE DAY

YouTube/IrishLabourParty

The Labour Party bring you this animation explaining the ins and outs of the Treaty. No word yet on who did the crayon work.

THREAT OF THE DAY

Somewhere in Frankfurt, a chill just went down Mario Draghi’s spine.

Read in full: The Fiscal Compact Treaty in laymans’ terms (PDF)>

Read more: TheJournal.ie’s coverage of the Fiscal Compact referendum>

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