Referendum 2008 – Lisbon Treaty
The Irish electorate has rejected the EU Treaty of Lisbon. The final result showed the treaty was defeated by a margin of 53.4% to 46.6% in Thursday's referendum.
Ireland was the only EU country to hold a plebiscite on the issue
Both nationally and here in Limerick, the treaty has suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the people.
Official Results from Limerick are as follows:
54.0% No (21,191)
46.0% Yes (18,085)
Spoiled Votes: 168
55.35% No (16,511)
44.65% Yes (13,318)
Spoiled Votes: 129
Sinn Fein’s Maurice quinlivan spoke on todays result,
“The people have spoken. They share our concerns about the Lisbon Treaty andbelieve that a better deal is possible. They also share our view thatIreland’s place in Europe is secure. We always believed this was a bad dealfor Ireland and as we are ambitious for Ireland truly believed a better dealwas available. The government now has a clear and strong mandate torenegotiate this Treaty. They need to use the opportunity to get backaround the table with our EU partners and secure a better deal.”
Fine Gael’s TD for Limerick East, Kieran O'Donnell told local press,
”The treaty was not fully explained; there was definitely an anti-governmental vote there. People are now sending out a message to government. We need to sit back and reflect now. The People have spoken today. I think we have to reflect and look at reasons behind why people voted no. It was for a combination of reasons.”