Johnny Fallon: A Yes vote will give Coalition a renewed mandate ... a No vote means a General Election
THE decision of the Government to hold a referendum on the fiscal compact is a welcome one. It is a wise choice. The risk of the matter being sent to the Supreme Court and government being forced into a referendum was simply too great. Governments must lead from the front and show that they are unafraid.
This referendum has the potential to be a defining moment in the history of the Irish state and the biggest test yet of the government.
Ireland has been through a traumatic crisis and at each point governments have decided what is best. This time it is up to the people. Make no mistake there is an enormous risk for the government here, should this referendum fail then the government will be in serious trouble and a complete rethink of Ireland's plans and interaction with the EU will be required.