Ireland votes on European Union

Ireland votes on Lisbon treaty
Aljazeera - October 8th, 2009

Polling has begun in Ireland's second referendum on the European Union's Lisbon treaty - a vote that may usher in planned reforms or keep the 27-member bloc without a constitution.

Irish voters rejected the treaty in an earlier referendum in June 2008, by a margin of almost seven per cent.

But opinion polls on Friday suggest the yes-vote will win this time.

Dublin has received assurances from EU partners that its sovereignty on issues like taxation, military neutrality and abortion will not be affected by adopting the Treaty of Lisbon.

The result is expected on Saturday afternoon.
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