The majority of the electorate in County Louth voted in favour of the Fiscal Treaty Referendum with 52.7% voting Yes and 47.3% voting No on Thursday, May 31st last
Voters were asked if they agreed to making the following amendment to the Constitution:
“The State may ratify the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union done at Brussels on the 2nd day of March 2012. No provision of this Constitution invalidates laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the State that are necessitated by the obligations of the State under that Treaty or prevents laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by bodies competent under that Treaty from having the force of law in the State.”
Turnout at polling stations across the county were low, in line with voter turnout throughout Ireland. However, the result has been welcomed by Louth Labour TD Ged Nash and Louth Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.
Minister O’Dowd thanked everyone across the county who voted Yes in the referendum. Irish voters backed the Fiscal Treaty by a majority with 60.3% voting Yes and 39.7% voting No. It was Europe’s only referendum on the treaty. Five of the 43 constituencies rejected it.
The constituencies that voted No were Donegal North East, Donegal South West, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central and Dublin South West. While Ireland has passed the treaty, it will not come into force until a total of 12 countries ratify it.