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'Get jobless to count the votes'

Big Phil Hogan wants unemployed people to be hired to work in count centres on referendum day.

The minister signed the Referendum Order, officially setting May 31 for the vote on the EU fiscal treaty.

"While the efficient conduct of polls and the count is clearly dependent on having sufficiently skilled and experienced people, I would ask all local returning officers to make a special effort to employ suitable persons who are unemployed," he said.

Irish Independent