The campaign against the Austerity Treaty concludes tomorrow (May 31st) when citizens of the 26-County state go to the polls to cast their vote. The treaty referendum is only one act in a much wider process being played out across Europe and the wider world at present. It could even be argued that the Treaty is irrelevant now given that events in France, Holland, Greece, Germany, Italy and Spain of late have in some ways overtaken it. Be that as it may, in the context of a capitalist system desperately attempting to find ways to save, consolidate and increase its rule, the referendum campaign in the Twenty-Six Counties has been important and instructive for a number of reasons. Chief amongst these is the fact that the process of debating around the treaty has exposed a fundamental and growing fault-line in Irish society.
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