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I think obviously, President Sarkozy – on the remarks attributed to him – has a view, and obviously we have to talk to him as President of the European Union about those remarks.
We agreed that it is necessary for Ireland to have time now to analyse last week's vote, and explore options. In doing that we will be consulting widely at home and abroad. It is far too early yet for anyone to put forward proposals.
As we were saying during the course of the campaign, a no vote puts us into unchartered waters. Without the full consent of all states obviously the treaty can't come into being, and we have to look at this closely now with colleagues because they are obviously affected by this as well.
As Taoiseach, I wish to make it clear to our European partners that Ireland has absolutely no wish to halt the progress of the Union that has been the greatest source of peace and prosperity in Europe.
Ireland has no wish to halt the progress of the EU.
As Taoiseach (Prime Minister), it is my deeply held belief, that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is crucial to this country's future prospects.