2:13pm UK, Friday June 01, 2012
David Blevins, Ireland correspondent
Ireland has voted 'yes' in a referendum on Europe's Fiscal Stability Treaty - committing the coalition government to stringent budgetary targets.
Rejection would have prevented Ireland from accessing the European Stability Mechanism - the European Union's 500bn euro bailout fund for struggling members.
There is every possibility the Republic will need another financial lifeline before it is able to return to international markets.
Those campaigning for a 'no' vote hoped the Irish would follow Greek and French electorates in questioning the wisdom of austerity.
The result may help to steady the markets but Ireland will now be legally bound to balance the books.
EU budget targets will become law in Dublin. They will be committed to limiting their budget deficit to 0.5%
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