Irish voters may have backed the new Fiscal Treaty by a comfortable margin but many did so through gritted teeth.
No-one wants more austerity, that's certain. This country has already endured four years of cuts. But voters here clearly believed that the treaty was the lesser of two evils.
To reject it would have risked disqualifying Ireland from any further bailouts and the signs are they may still need one when the current funding package expires at the end of next year.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny praised his people's pragmatism after the vote. Certainly many of Europe's leaders - including Germany's Angela Merkel - will be breathing a huge sigh of relief tonight.
Ireland has given a resounding endorsement to tough new budget controls under the European fiscal treaty - but it was a reluctant yes.
Voter turnout in Ireland's referendum on the European fiscal treaty has been reported as low across the country.
Irish voters go to the polls today to embrace or reject an EU treaty designed to enforce economic discipline among member states