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Getting a 'yes' will be tricky

WITH just over five weeks til polling day, the Government's task in securing a "yes" vote has become extraordinarily difficult in the face of worsening external conditions and mounting domestic opposition.

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny called a referendum on the fiscal compact treaty eight weeks ago it looked as if he had stolen a march on his opponents. Since then the Government has done virtually nothing.

As a result the "No" campaign has regained the initiative with several trade unions including Mandate, Unite and the TEEU calling on their members to vote against the treaty, while opposition to the imposition of the household and water charges is also undermining support for the treaty.