Great danger of the undecideds
When Attorney General Maire Whelan decreed that Ireland would require a referendum on the fiscal treaty, few would have guessed that by the time the campaign was under way, a breakup of the euro itself would be the subject of open discussion.
Yet this is the atmosphere of fear and recrimination in which the Irish electorate must make what is now a critical decision for Europe. The core arguments for and against the treaty have not changed since the referendum was called, but the stakes are far higher.
There can be little surprise that more than one in three voters are still undecided, as found in today's opinion poll.