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Deal could require referendum, says Europe Minister Creighton

IRELAND could need a referendum to copper-fasten this morning’s EU deal on fiscal responsibility, according to Lucinda Creighton, the Minister for European Affairs.

"I would say it's 50-50 and we will be looking at the detail over the next couple of weeks," Ms Creighton said from Brussels.

Asked on RTE’s Morning Ireland if there was a necessity for a new treaty, she replied: ''No, we're really not at that stage yet.''

And she added there had been no discussion about our corporation tax rate, which the Government has pledged to defend.

It was not ‘‘an issue on the agenda at all”, the junior minister said.

Earlier Taoiseach Enda Kenny said had he put the burden of the bank bailouts on the table in negotiations.

"Specifically in Ireland's case I raised the exceptional difficulty that Ireland has gone through having to borrow very extensively for the requirement of the bank recapitalisation and the challenge that places for us," Kenny told reporters.

He added that Ireland's economic security had been defended and protected and a great deal of work had been done in terms of putting together "firewalls" to prevent contagion.

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