Poll indicates support for bailout
Most Irish people support the multi-billion euro bailout from the international community, but believe it represents a loss in sovereignty, a new poll has shown.
The controversial deal to salvage the state's economy has divided politicians in the Irish Republic, but a survey showed that 51% of people polled said they backed the plan.
But a further 37% opposed the deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU), which is accompanied by a £3.25billion loan from Britain.
The Dail, Irish parliament, this week voted by a margin of 81 to 75 votes to accept the £85billion euro (£72.2billion) offer, but an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has reflected public divisions on the issue.
When pollsters asked if Ireland had surrendered sovereignty by accepting the bailout a total of 56% agreed it had, though 33% disagreed.
Many of those surveyed were undecided on both counts, with 12% unsure whether or not they supported taking the loan, while 11% had no opinion on whether sovereignty had been compromised.
The survey took place on Monday and Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's Dail vote.
The opinion poll included a representative sample of 1,000 voters and involved face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all 43 constituencies.
The issues continue to bitterly divide Irish political parties, with other surveys suggesting the Fianna Fail/Green party coalition faces major losses in the next election.
The government is committed to calling an early General Election in the new year.