Longford-Westmeath votes to ratify Treaty

The Longford-Westmeath constitutency has voted to ratify the Fiscal Treaty by a comfortable majority.

Boxes were opened in Kenagh at 9 o’clock and it quickly became apparent that the Yes side would claim a healthy victory in the region.

At 2.30, the Returning Officer, Imelda Brannigan announced the results with the Yes side securing 60.3 percent of the votes compared to 39.7 percent for the No side.

Fine Gael TD James Bannon declared his satisfaction with the result and claimed the new Treaty ensured governments would no longer spend in a reckless fashion in an effort to court popularity.

Sinn Fein Councillor Paul Hogan lamented the decision to scheduele the vote for a Thursday, claiming this disenfranchised younger voters and accused the government of fermenting fear in order to secure victory.