What they said at the count

‘Thanks to the nurses in the hospital for the battle that they have put up. We mustn’t forget the people that weren’t let cut turf in their bogs and all them people’ – No campaigner Tommy Geraghty from Athleague. ‘It wasn’t the result that I or my party would wish to have had, but I accept fully the decision of the people’ – Minister of State Michael Finneran TD, Fianna Fáil. ‘It is the democratic right of the people to have their democratic say. We are a democracy and we respect that’ – Minister of State Michael Finneran TD, Fianna Fáil. ‘We can all be proud of the fact that there was a very high turnout, 57 percent, one of the highest turnouts of any European referendum in this constituency’ – Denis Naughten TD, Fine Gael. ‘It is great to see that we still have a paper ballot’ – Denis Naughten TD, Fine Gael. ‘It’s quite different from when we were here last year at the general election. On this occasion, I feel a lot happier’ – Cllr. Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin. ‘It was a David and Goliath-like struggle and yet the No side has won’ – Cllr. Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin. ‘Whatever the outcome, a little bit of history has been made and we hope that it will be the start of a turning point, back towards decisions where people will consider things on their merits and not on history and authority’ – Cllr. Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin. ‘Europe has been very good to us and it is time to reflect on our unique position in Europe’ – Frank Feighan TD, Fine Gael. ‘We were asked in the Abbey Hotel to vote No to support our local hospital and that was what we did and we returned a No vote in County Roscommon. I am delighted that the people stood up against all the odds and made their voices heard. I hope that now will be carried back to Dublin to Mr. Cowen’ – Cllr. Valerie Byrne, Hospital Action Committee.