The first winners were the government parties. Never mind that it didn't feel like a triumph, or that ministers looked tired and relieved, not joyful and victorious. If the coalition had lost this referendum, it would have been plunged into a deep crisis. It won, and that's important.
But winning has had a cost, and it has left scars. Though it's not exactly a pyrrhic victory, Eamon Gilmore, in particular, won't want to have to...
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