Voting takes place in Ireland for a Referendum on the Nice Treaty

Three referenda were put before the electorate the ratification of the Nice Treaty, the ratification of the International Criminal Court, and the removal of the death penalty from the Constitution.

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted the government expected the three referenda would be carried despite the low turnout

"We have only had two good polls in referendums in this country 1972 when we joined the European Union and the Divorce Referendum"

Only 34% of the Irish electorate turned out to vote in the first Nice Treaty Referendum though 2.9 million people were entitled to vote. The vote on the Nice Treaty was rejected by the Irish electorate in June 2001.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 June 2001. The reporter is David McCullagh.