London Guardian 
Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2009
Ireland is on course to ratify the Lisbon treaty, with early tallies showing a strong surge for a yes vote this morning.
The outcome of yesterday’s referendum, which will be known later today, is set to put the European Union reform project back on track.
As early as 9.30am at the ballot count in Dublin’s RDS centre, tallies were showing constituencies across the Irish capital voting 2 to 1 in favour of the treaty.
One prominent opponent, Richard Green from the Coir movement, accepted that the vote was moving in favour of yes.
Green said the expected yes vote was “a bad day for Irish workers and a good day for big business”. He and his pressure group have been arguing that endorsing Lisbon would lead to a greater influx of cheap foreign labour to Ireland.