By overwhelmingly approving the Lisbon Treaty in their second referendum on Friday, Irish voters cleared the way for reforms of the European Union that seek to streamline the Union's decision-making and give it more clout on the world stage.
"It's a great day, for Ireland and for Europe," said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. "I see the yes vote as a sign of confidence by the Irish people in the EU, as a sign of their desire to be wholehearted members at the heart of the EU."
Ambassador John Bruton, Head of the European Commission Delegation to the United States, welcomed the vote: "This is a huge relief. Now the way is clear to get on with the real work of restoring the lost dynamism of the shared economy of Europe and Ireland."
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana stressed that the approval of the Lisbon Treaty will allow for a more united and efficient Europe "that will be better able to defend the rights and interests of all the citizens and states of the European Union and play a greater role in the world."
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