Ireland referendum on EU pact to be held on 31 May
Category: Northern Ireland
Published: 27th Mar 2012 16:16:35
The Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum on the European fiscal treaty on 31 May, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore has said.
Mr Gilmore told the Irish parliament he was confident that a majority of the public would back the government in supporting the treaty.
The pact introduces tough new deficit rules and spending restrictions for governments.
Only the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom refused to sign up to the pact.
The Irish Republic is expected to be the only European state to hold a referendum on ratification.
In January it received legal advice that the country's constitution made it necessary to ask the public to back the pact.
Ireland has a mixed record on European votes, having required a second vote before ratifying European treaties in both 2001 and 2008.
But the opposition Fianna Fail party has indicated it will support the government and campaign for a yes vote in May.
The new pact will come into effect once 12 countries have ratified it.
Rejecting the treaty would mean that Dublin would be prevented from accessing loans from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the successor to the eurozone's current rescue fund.
Ireland is already using rescue funds as part of an EU/IMF bailout that runs until the end of 2013.
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