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Early unofficial vote tallies around Ireland are indicating a strong showing for the No vote in a referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty.
In Irish polls, tally counters in each constituency watch votes being sorted and make their own count, giving early indications of how a vote is going.
Broadcaster RTE reports the No vote is ahead not only in rural areas, but in five out of eight areas of Dublin too.
A No vote would scupper the EU treaty, which must be ratified by all members.
Originally posted by infinite
Irish Justice Minister has just confirmed the No vote have it.
Sadly, Gordon Brown has told all European Union nations to continue ratifying the treaty and make Ireland hold the vote again
He called for other states to continue their ratification processes and said a solution should be sought.
The treaty must be ratified by all 27 members. Only Ireland has held a public vote on it.
"At the end of the day, for a myriad of reasons, the people have spoken."
Mr Barroso said he had spoken to Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and agreed with him that this was not a vote against the EU.
Mr Barroso said EU leaders would have to decide at a summit next week how to proceed.
France and Germany quickly issued a joint statement expressing regret over the Irish result.
European leaders earlier said they had no "plan B" for how to proceed if Ireland's electorate voted No.
The No campaign was a broad coalition ranging from Libertas to Sinn Fein, the only party in parliament to oppose the treaty.
Correspondents say many voters did not understand the treaty despite a high-profile campaign led by Mr Cowen, which had the support of most of the country's main parties.
Mr Cowen accused the No camp of "misrepresentation", saying voters had voiced concern about "issues that clearly weren't in the treaty at all", the Irish Times reported.
In 2001, Irish voters almost wrecked EU plans to expand eastwards when they rejected the Nice treaty. It was only passed in a much-criticised second vote.