Saturday February 22, 2020

How the Yes was won

The No campaign never quite got on top of the debate, writes Pat Leahy.

2nd June, 2012
Enda Kenny campaigning in Fonthill, Dublin. Photo: PA

It was an otherwise routine Tuesday afternoon - February 28 - in Leinster House when suddenly things started to happen. Government TDs started scurrying to the chamber. Phones beeped, tweets flew, rumours arose. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, having at last received the attorney general's advice, was about to make an announcement on whether a referendum on the EU fiscal treaty would be necessary.

"I am pleased," Enda Kenny told the Dáil, "to have this opportunity to inform...

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