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Kenny's bold poll gamble

Published 29/02/2012 | 05:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore are calling for a 'yes' vote.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore are calling for a 'yes' vote.

By calling a referendum on the fiscal compact agreed by eurozone leaders last December, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stolen a march, not just on the usual suspects -- sovereignty fetishists, neutrality obsessives and homegrown Europhobes -- but also on our European partners.

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Ever since eurozone leaders agreed the fiscal compact, which sets strict limits on the budget deficits that can be run up by single currency member countries, last December the Government has been facing ever more insistent calls from Sinn Fein, the United Left Alliance, various independents and, more recently, Fianna Fail for a referendum.

Yesterday Mr Kenny gave them what they wanted. By doing so, he brilliantly wrong-footed those who had been calling for a referendum to approve the fiscal compact.

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