Saturday 21 October 2017

Johnny Fallon: Government nail-biting gives way to relief as soon as ballot boxes are opened

Counting of votes begins in the City West Conference Centre, in Dublin. Photo: PA
Counting of votes begins in the City West Conference Centre, in Dublin. Photo: PA

WHATEVER bit of excitement there was in the fiscal treaty referendum came on the back of a low turnout last night. Immediately people began to wonder what it meant for the result. For the first time those on the ‘Yes’ side began to bite their nails.

There was a lot of talk about voter apathy, but the truth is that on this occasion, indecision was as much a factor as apathy in the voters’ decision to stay away from the polls.

As the ballot boxes were opened there was quite a lot of hope on both sides. The nail biting didn’t last overly long. The seasoned tally people were on hand to give us a flavour. There are some rules which everyone looks for. An early indicator was rural Ireland. This is where traditional parties like FF and FG and organisations like the IFA hold influence.

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