“This welcome result shows that the Irish people want the European Union to take a lead in sorting out the biggest economic crisis since the last World War.

“My party refused to use this referendum for short-term political gain and I’m very happy that our members, supporters and the general public responded in such numbers to this constructive approach.

“This is a good step but now is the time to actually increase the urgency of discussions about saving the Euro and returning Ireland and Europe to growth. This Treaty is not enough to tackle the crisis and there is very little time left for the other reforms, which are needed.

“The Taoiseach should immediately undertake a serious diplomatic initiative in support of essential measures to restore growth and job creation.”