Regardless of how this "Lisbon Treaty" ends up, we have clarity now regarding Ireland's real position in the EU. We are not a "partner" in this project. We are expendable and our so-called "veto" was never as firm as the 'Yes' campaign would have us believe.
We didn't have a "veto". We had a "vote" where if we had to we would stand with other countries that shared our concerns on neutrality or taxes or whatever. If any of these issues led to conflict with the 26 other members we were always going to be beaten down. We had no clout and only a minimum of influence. That we had power and influence was the great lie that our politicians peddled (& possibly even believed).
At least the next vote can be more honest. Isolation and possible penury against servility and dependence. It may not be pretty, but at least it's a clear choice.