Voters in the Irish Republic went to the polls on Wednesday in what has been called the most important referendum since the birth of the nation half a century ago -- the decision on whether or not to join the Common Market.
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Background: Voters in the Irish Republic went to the polls on Wednesday in what has been called the most important referendum since the birth of the nation half a century ago -- the decision on whether or not to join the Common Market.
Nearly 1,800,000 people are eligible to vote in the day-long poll and the turnout was reported as brisk in the cities, but patchy in rural areas. The result is expected to be made known on Thursday (May 11).
Campaigning for a decision to go into Europe is Prime Minister Jack Lynch and his government party, Fianna Fail, and the main opposition party, Fine Gael. Two big farming organisations are also supporting entry.
Aligned against them are the Labour Party, the Provisional and Official wings of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the Irish Congress of Trade Union and a group of leftwing and ultra-republican organisations.
Both sides have turned out millions of leaflets and posters. And although the campaign has been quiet, it has been intensive -- concentrating on prices, jobs, and national sovereignty in relation to market entry.
Prime Minister Jack Lynch is confident of a "Yes" vote and public opinion polls indicate that more than 50 percent of the voters will give the go-ahead for the government.
The outcome of the referendum is of particular interest in two other candidate states for EEC membership -- Norway and Denmark. Norway votes on September 24 and Denmark on October 2.
The three countries hope in join the community on January 1 ??? year with Britain - which is not holding a referendum.