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METRO Monday, May 26, 2008


Both sides of Lisbon campaign are happy by joanne o’connor

ONLY eight points separate the Yes and No sides in the lead up to the Lisbon Treaty referendum, a poll has found. Support for the treaty has increased by three points, to 41 per cent, but backers of the No campaign have also seen their margin rise by five points, to 33 per cent. The latest Red C poll also revealed that undecided voters now account for 26 per cent, a fall of eight points. The Government has welcomed the results but believes the Yes campaign will need a final surge before the June vote. ‘I am very encouraged that the Yes vote is up in spite of the incredible barrage of aggressive attacks on the treaty launched in recent weeks,’ said Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin. But anti-treaty campaigner Declan Ganley from Libertas was also happy. ‘We are seeing a referendum campaign that will go down to the wire,’ he said.

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METRO Weather a Dutch military submarine is pictured stopping off in cork Harbour over the weekend. The 68-metre nato vessel HnLMS Walrus was on a courtesy visit to the country

Picture: Darragh Kane

Government spent €200m on ‘advice’

IT HAS been said you can’t put a price tag on good advice, and recently released documents prove how much the Government values its advisers. Since 2003, more than €200million of taxpayers’ money has been spent on consultants across 15 Government departments. The biggest spender by far is new Taoiseach Brian Cowen. His old department, Finance, spent €97.9million over the past five years for advice on how to manage the last days of the Celtic Tiger.

I PRedICt A RIot

PUb pugilists have a new defence for their bar brawling. Don’t blame the drink, blame the jukebox. academics at Glasgow University have found that a tonic of loud rock and bass-heavy hip hop inspires heavy drinking and displays of machismo, which are likely to send fists flying in public houses. on the other hand, syrupy pop ballads can soothe and tame the savage beast.

Ceremony planned for bombed vessel

RELATIVES of victims of the biggest disaster on the Irish Sea have been urged to come forward for its 90th anniversary commemoration. A mail ship, the RMS Leinster, was sunk by a German torpedo off Dún Laoghaire in October 1918 with the loss of more than 500 lives. Family members are being asked to come forward as no passenger list for the stricken boat survived the attack. An Post is issuing a 55-cent stamp on Friday to mark the anniversary.

NEMI by Lise Myhre

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