domingo, 4 de octubre de 2009

Thank you, Ireland

October 2, this is a great day for Europe! Ireland voted YES, and as I've been campaigning to help the Yes side, I hardly can express the joy that I feel. This is a big step for the integration process, one that has been slapped for so long. No doubt people have a renewed sense of relief and hope, all over the European Union, because Irish people decided to remain at the heart of Europe, rather than retreating back to an isolated position. Moreover, they did it with a result that exceeded all expectations, with a turnout of 59 %, Irish endorsed the Treaty of Lisbon with a 67,1 % who voted Yes (No, 32,1 %). They could not be any clearer. This time they had a proper, more sensible campaigning. The only peoples of Europe to directly express themselves on the Treaty have spoken. No doubt it has immediate consequences. The Polish President Lech Kaczynski has announced he will sign the Treaty on behalf of Poland in the middle of next week. To those who worked tirelessly in this campaign, to those who toured the country canvassing for a Yes vote. You've been rewarded. We also have, and I'm particularly happy and proud*.

* As they say in Irish Gaelic: Go raibh maith agaibh.