Ireland has voted in favour of the Lisbon Treaty by a final margin of 67.1% to 32.9%. Only two of the 43 constituencies voted against the Treaty. The turnout was 58 percent, the highest in a European referendum since the original vote on joining the then EEC in 1972.
It was the second time we'd been asked to decide on the Treaty. The first Lisbon referendum was held on Friday 13 June, 2008. Fifty-three percent of the electorate voted. Of that number, 53.4 percent said "no" and 46.6 percent said "yes".
After that, the Government negotiated guarantees with the European Council which it hoped would reassure those opposed to the Lisbon Treaty. But campaigners against the Treaty continued to argue that signing up to it would be bad for the country.
Morning Ireland has been providing information, analysis and debate up to and beyond the vote. Click below to listen to the coverage we've broadcast so far. It includes interviews with the Chairman of the Referendum Commission, Mr. Justice Frank Clarke. Every Friday during the month of September, he joined us in studio to try and clear up confusion about the Treaty. More information is also available from the Referendum Commission website at www.lisbontreaty2009.ie
Mr. Justice Clarke's interviews are also available as podcasts.