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I wouldn't be over impressed by opposition parties doing what they are supposed to do - oppose - and positioning themselves "on the side of the people". Referendums in Ireland are called when a constitutional change is deemed necessary to ratify a Treaty. There is never a political reason for calling one, it is always a legal one. It would be an abdication of Government responsibility to call a referendum when none is legally required - but that doesn't prevent the opposition from trying to claim the Government is running away from the people.

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