A sign telling people to vote against the new budget rules
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Ireland to hold referendum on fiscal pact

29 May 2012 Last updated at 22:44 BST

It has been the last official day of campaigning in the Republic of Ireland before voters decide whether to back a European treaty imposing strict new budget rules.

Ireland, which received an EU bailout 18 months ago, is the first country to hold a referendum on the fiscal pact.

The treaty must be ratified by 12 member states as the BBC's correspondent Mark Simpson reports from Dublin.