Voters in Ireland head to the polls today, in a referendum to decide whether or not to approve the European Union's Fiscal Treaty. Driven by Germany, it controversially plans strict central EU control of the national budgets of member states who've signed up. But opponents see it as a permanent austerity charter - with many angry about surrendering power and sovereignty to Brussels.
With close to 500,000 unemployed and 250,000 children living in poverty, Ireland is feeling the burden of austerity. Now the traumatized Irish economy is faced with even more cuts.
Richard Boyd Barrett is a member of the Irish parliament and will vote "no" in a referendum on a fiscal pact with the European Union on Thursday, May 31st. The pact would impose further austerity cuts on the already reeling Irish economy.