MORE than 340 journalists from around the world will be reporting from Ireland tomorrow on the Lisbon treaty, including several media groups from as far away as Japan and the US.
As polling stations around the country were making last-minute preparations ahead of the crucial vote, the Department of Environment revealed television crews, newspaper journalists and satellite vans were coming from all over Europe to report on the referendum.
Over 40 media groups have received accreditation to cover the count this week.
Voting will commence from 7am and run until 10pm tomorrow.
Returning officers will then officially commence counting at 9am on Friday.
It is expected that an official result will be announced sometime between 3pm and 5pm by the national returning officer Maurice Coughlan that day, but more than likely towards the latter part of the afternoon.
Media groups are travelling from across Europe, including Arte French television, ARD German radio and TV, Austria broadcasters ORF and Czech newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.
Reporters will also be present from the German newspaper Frankfurter Zeitung, Lithuanian national radio, Danish newspaper Morgenavisen, the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation NOS, as well as Polskie radio, from Poland.
Several other groups including Spain’s TV Antena, Germany’s ZDF and a radio group from Latvia will also be present for the count.
The Department of Environment say nearly 10 Japanese media groups, including the newspapers Asahi, Sankei and Japan’s leading financial newspaper Nikkei, as well as the group Kyoto newsprint and a number of Japanese television groups will also be covering the referendum.
A crew from CNBC, the US media group, will also be monitoring the count.
Irish and British media groups will also be present.
The nerve centre for counting will be in Dublin Castle.
Results will be faxed and sent to the centre from around the country where they will be put up on giant plasma screens. Results will also be made available, as they are released, on the website www.referendum.ie
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