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IT LOOKS like it's Yes to Lisbon, with an early exit poll last night showing 60% of voters voted for the treaty.

The Fine Gael Fine Gael (fē`nə gāl), Irish political party. Formed in 1933, it was the successor of the party founded by William Cosgrave that held power from the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922 until ousted by the republican Fianna  exit poll was taken across 33 different areas and took into account the urban rural divide and teatime voting patterns.

With around 85% of the poll tallied it was 60% for yes, 40% voting no. A full tally will be ready this morning.

Billy Timmins Billy Timmins (born 1959) is an Irish Fine Gael TD. He is currently the opposition spokesperson on Defence.

Billy Timmins was born in Baltinglass, County Wicklow. He was educated at Patrician College, Ballyfin and University College Galway where he received a Bachelor of
, Fine Gael Director of Elections said: "These are very encouraging numbers for the yes side.

"It's a testament to all the hard work done by both Fine Gael, and all those on the yes side."

Early indicators last night were that the turnout was slightly higher than in the last Lisbon referendum, when 53% of voters came to the polls.

Figures released at 9pm showed 44% voting in Dublin city Dublin City can refer to any of the following:
  • Dublin capital of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Dublin City F.C. association football club
  • Dublin City (UK Parliament constituency), a constituency represented in the United Kingdom Parliament between 1801 and 1885.
, more than 50% in Cork and more than 40% in Louth, Meath and Kildare.

In the Taoiseach's own constituency in Offaly around 60% turned out, about 50% in Clare and Galway and 50% in Donegal. Ballot boxes will be opened at 9am this morning with the official result expected this afternoon.

The Taoiseach will be biting his nails to see if Ireland passes the treaty, with claims his leadership could be in jeopardy if the controversial deal is rejected for a second time.

Brian Cowen Brian Cowen (Irish: Brian Ó Comhain; born 10 January, 1960) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician and the current Tánaiste of Ireland.  was last night being cautiously optimistic of a narrow Yes victory but the champagne bottles were being kept firmly corked.

As he cast his vote in his home county of Offaly with his wife Mary, he admitted the stakes could not be higher. He said: "It's an important day for the country and an important referendum.

"The people's decision is sovereign and of course that will be the case but I'm hopeful that in the context of today ... we'll have a good outcome."

President Mary McAleese was among the first to cast her ballot at St Mary's Hospital in Phoenix Park, close to Aras an Uachtarain.

It is the second time in 18 months more than three million Irish voters have been asked to decide the fate of almost 500 million people across the European Union.

Mr Cowen added: "We all have rights and obligations as citizens, one of our rights that should be cherished by everyone is our right to vote."

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Date:Oct 3, 2009
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