DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Ireland's foreign minister said Saturday the nation's second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty passed by a 67 percent majority of voters.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen told reporters in Dublin the results reflected Ireland's determination to remain a central player in European affairs.
"We will now work with all our partners in ensuring the reforms this treaty will bring are implemented," Cowen said.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he saw the vote as an indication Irish citizens recognize the role the European Union has played in responding to the worldwide economic downturn.
The Irish Times said it remained to be seen what kind of political fallout would result from the vote. Cowen said he expected the current government to remain in office; however, Sinn Fein, which campaigned against the treaty, said the results should not be considered a mandate for the government.