While the country gave a massive endorsement to the Lisbon Treaty second time around yesterday, it seems that Donegal wanted to send its own message to Europe – we don’t feel we’re part of the family.
There were clear indications from an early stage that Donegal North east was again going to vote no – it had the second highest no vote last time out in the country, but it was much tighter in Donegal south west thsi time around.
Part of the problem was the lack of a full tally at the Finn valley athletic Centre in Stranorlar, where initial tallies had indicated that Donegal south west might vote yes by less than one per cent.
In the end the ‘no’ side swung it with a surplus of just 171 votes. And there were 127 spoilt votes.
But they did not care – it was a victory for the no side, even if a strong yes campaign had clawed back an extra 7,000 votes from Lisbon Treaty I in June of 2008.