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The first constituencies to return a result today in Ireland's referendum on the European fiscal treaty, Tipperary South and Galway East, have declared an overall 62% majority in favour as campaigners on both sides accepted victory for the Yes campaign.
Libertas founder and No campaigner Declan Ganley has said that "it clearly is a yes vote," public broadcaster RTE reports.
Speaking at the Dublin Castle count centre, Mr Ganley said the majority of the electorate in Ireland has "expressed trust and faith in our partners in Europe to do the right thing."
"I hope that that trust will be repaid," he added.
The Referendum Returning Officer has told public broadcaster RTE she expects the final results between 4pm and 6pm tonight.
Unofficial results in the Irish referendum suggest that the EU fiscal treaty will pass, according to senior figures from both sides of the campaign. The first official results are expected very soon.
Based on early results from the Irish referendum, a Yes vote is looking likely, according to the Irish minister for European affairs. Lucinda Creighton said:
Counting has begun in the Irish referendum on the EU fiscal pact which is designed to enforce economic discipline in the Eurozone.
Ballots in Ireland's referendum on the European fiscal treaty will start being counted at 9am this morning.
Low voter turnout across the country means that early indications of results from the 43 constituencies are expected mid to late morning.
Voting is underway across Ireland to decide whether to adopt the EU fiscal pact, which imposes rules designed to ensure fiscal discipline. It follows a vigorous campaign from both the Yes and No camps.
This video shows, in order of appearance, Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. They represent the Yes and No campaign respectively.
Voter turnout in many parts of Ireland has been low in today's referendum on the EU fiscal pact, hovering around the 10% mark so far. Polling stations are open until 9pm.
The state broadcaster RTE is monitoring turnout:
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Ireland has given a resounding endorsement to tough new budget controls under the European fiscal treaty - but it was a reluctant yes.
Voter turnout in Ireland's referendum on the European fiscal treaty has been reported as low across the country.