The Republic of Ireland is voting on whether to ratify the EU's Fiscal Pact, which sets strict limits for countries' budget deficits. Rejecting it would bar Ireland from emergency EU funding when its current bailout package expires in 2013. Ireland is the only one of 25 pro-pact EU nations putting it a national vote. But only 12 of the 17 eurozone states need to ratify it, so an Irish "No" vote would be unlikely to halt it.
Turnout is not expected to be high. The BBC's Mark Simpson, in Dublin, says the "Yes" camp fears people, ... ( read more )