The Lisbon Treaty has been accepted by the Irish people in a second referendum on the future of Europe.

The result of the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty was never in any doubt as the tallymen called it for the Yes side. The overall announcement by Referendum Returning Officer Maurice Coughlan was made at Dublin Castle - votes in favour of the proposal 1,214,268 and votes against the proposal 594, 606, a difference of 619,662.

From Limerick East to Cork South Central, to Waterford the treaty was carried by at least a 2:1 majority. Dublin South and Dún Laoghaire recorded the highest yes votes for the second time.

In the first Lisbon Treaty referendum, there were bigger bundles of No votes as 33 of the 43 constituencies rejected the Treaty. With the second referendum, only two counties, Donegal North East and Donegal South West rejected the Treaty.

Before the official announcement was made, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen held a press conference saying,

This is a good day for Ireland and a good day for Europe.

The junior coalition partners also praised the result. Leader of the Green Party John Gormley sees the result as a sign that the Irish people want to be at the heart of Europe. Leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore welcome the fact voters did not use the occasion to punish the government, with the latter saying,

I think people bit their lip yesterday about the government and went out and voted yes because it was necessary in the country’s interest.

With the result of the second Lisbon Treaty referendum declared, one major issue facing the government is finally off the agenda.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 October 2009. The reporter is Martina Fitzgerald.