Wednesday February 26, 2020

When fear outgunned anger

The broad public support for the treaty did not waver much during the course of the campaign, although there was still plenty of anger, writes Pat Leahy.

2nd June, 2012
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore after the announcement of the result. The vote showed a clear right-left split in the electorate. Photo: Tony O'Shea

In the long contest between fear and anger, fear was the winner. Fear of the consequences of a No vote won the day for the Yes campaign - fear for the future of the euro, fear about voters' own circumstances, and fear - above all - that the country would be cut off from future funding proved decisive in the end.

If there was a single line from the referendum campaign that summed up the...

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