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Irish polls close after high turn out

02-26-2011 13:18 BJT

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Polls have closed in Ireland, as the government prepares for what's predicted to be a huge defeat, and the country, for more uncertainty.

A high turn out was reported during Friday's voting. Ireland's financial plight inspired a lively contest. A record 566 candidates stood for the 166 seats in the lower house in parliament, the Dail .

The governing Fianna Fail Party is bracing for a rout. It led the government through the boom years from 1994 to 2007, and into the economic meltdown.

That ended with a bailout from the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Opinion polls suggest that Ireland's 3.1 million voters will usher in a new government led by the opposition Fine Gael party.

Colette LAVELLE, Dublin Resident, said, "It's very bad at the moment, hopefully it will improve, but not over the next five years. But hopefully we will have a new government in after tomorrow, because we really want to get rid of the government we have at the moment because they're all corrupt and they spent all the money we had."

Keith Johnston, Shop Owner, said, "There is a downturn, definitely, although I get the feeling that things are picking up slightly. But they say that emigration is a huge problem although I think that lots of young people would love to emigrate anyway."



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