By Simon Miller

The Irish will vote for the eurozone stability pact on 31 May it has been announced.

The referendum date was announced by Ireland's foreign minister Eamon Gilmore in the Dáil where he told Irish MPs that the government was confident of winning the vote on the European Fiscal Treaty which, if rejected, would block the country's access to future European bailouts - Ireland currently gets a €67.5bn (£56.4bn) credit line whcih is due to run out in 2013.

"The government will put in place a comprehensive information campaign to ensure that voters are informed about the contents of the treaty, and a full debate about the decision that we as a country have to take," said Gilmore

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