8 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


IT was all over for the 80-strong count staff by 1.30 p.m. at the Drumalee Sports’ Centre in Cavan on Friday afternoon, as the Local Returning Officer, Cavan County Registrar Mr. Joseph Smith relayed the result of the Fiscal Treaty Referendum from Cavan/Monaghan Constituency to the national count centre in Dublin—the “Yes” vote was carried by 57.6 per cent to the 42.4 per cent “No” vote, against.
The Cavan/Monaghan result was in line with the outcome in several other counties, with the exception of five constituencies—three in Dublin and two in Donegal—which rejected the Treaty.
Overall, nationally, the Treaty was backed by 60.3 per cent of the people and opposed by 39.7 per cent.
With a total electorate of 97,803 in Cavan/Monaghan, it emerged that less than 50 per cent of the populace went out to vote last Thursday, and the total poll recorded was 47,689—equivalent to 48.76 per cent.
With 287 votes spoiled—including a few with some uncomplimentary remarks penned—the valid number of votes cast was 47,402.
The total number of “Yes” votes was 27,296, while the total “No” vote was 20,106.
All the main parties were represented at the count, where the early tally figures indicated the likelihood of a narrow “Yes” victory, as the 147 Monaghan ballot boxes and 127 Cavan boxes were opened.
While Fine Gael and Fianna Fail representatives were present from each area of the two-county Border constituency, the overall tally operation was once again, as in previous elections and Referenda, very meticulously conducted by a team of Sinn Fein party activists in co-operation with the other veteran political party observers.
Indeed the computerised figures produced by Sinn Fein tally observers hardly differed from the outcome at the final count—a clear indication of the meticulous party teamwork and tally expertise displayed.
The Sinn Fein team of experienced tally observers included the Mayor of Carrickmacross, Cllr. Noel Keelan; Cllr. Matt Carthy (do.,) ; Cllr. Pat Treanor (Clones); Cllr. Sean Conlon (Monaghan); and Cllr. Brian McKenna (do.,) .
Fine Gael TD’s Joe Reilly (Cavan) and his Monaghan-based Dail counterparts, Sean Conlan and Heather Humphreys were clearly relieved and delighted as the tally figures emerged, indicating success for the “Yes” campaign. However, all three had predicted victory for the Treaty, even before the opening of the first batch of ballot boxes!
Deputy Reilly said later he was especially pleased by the “decisive vote” in favour of the Treaty in the Cavan electoral areas of Bailieborough, Ballyjamesduff, Belturbet, and Cavan . The “Yes” vote in …

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