I’ve just had a joyful phone call from Kevin Myers, one of the very few Irish journalists who was on the ‘No’ side. I was fearing the Irish vote would just be ignored, but Kevin, rarely an optimist, convinced me that the Irish electorate won’t stand for being told – as in the case of their vote against Nice – to vote again and give the right answer; and the turn-out was so high that it legitimizes a very clear result. What’s more, the Irish Taoiseach is not popular and times are hard, so riding roughshod over the voters is not an easy option.
This is not a good time to be a Eurocrat. Even they cannot ignore that the Irish reflect public opinion across the continent.