They say a picture can paint a thousand words and the above photograph more than sums up Donegal voters feelings towards the Fiscal Treaty - we’re not interested and we don’t want it!
Well over 50% of the voters in Donegal North-East and South-West gave a resounding thumbs down to the treaty last Thursday. The usual drama and excitement at the count centres proved a non-event on Friday with token appearances by politicians on the Yes side scrapping together whatever crumbs of comfort they could from the fact that as a country the decided by 60.3% to 39.7% to accept the change to the constitution.
It appears the arguments that Ireland needed to vote Yes to enjoy future access to funding was the overall key to its national success but the disgruntled electorate in Donegal thought otherwise.
Political parties here will spend the next few days analysing the tally figures that were taken from all booths in an effort to plan for the next outing, the county council election in under two years time, but the overall showing certainly presents non government parties with plenty to think about.
In Donegal North-East it has been claimed that the failure of Fianna Fail to muster a vote could be partly responsible for the success of the No campaign while in Donegal South-West, the first constituency to say No, the vociferous campaigns by opposition deputies Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and independent TD Thomas Pringle have been credited for the No majority there.
The Vote No Campaign has welcomed the ‘No’ vote in Donegal in the fiscal treaty referendum while expressing disappointment that nationally the treaty has been carried.
Micheàl Mac Giolla Easbuig of the Vote No Campaign said: “The people of Donegal are to be congratulated in rejecting the Fiscal Treaty. They have seen through the government lies just as they did with the Household Charge.”
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