It was Guinness all round at Kitty O’Shea’s bar in Brussels, where supporters of the “yes” camp gathered to cheer their side on to victory.
For Hugo Brady of the Centre for European Reform, the turnaround from last year’s referendum was a reaction to the changing situation in Ireland. “The big difference between the first and the second vote is that Ireland’s economy slid into disaster in the meantime, so the key element to winning a second vote was making people aware that this was not an opportunity to punish the government; that by voting against the treaty a second time they would cut Ireland off as it were from a source of potential help.” The outcome of the referendum was known much sooner than expected, so early morning tensions were quickly replaced by joyous celebrations. Brussels abandoned its famous beer to toast the Irish. But similar scenes in Prague are what would really make the “yes” camp happy.