After the removal of spoiled votes, on the question of whether or not Ireland should join the Circle of Trust:
Yes 32 36%
No 51 57%
Abstain 6 7%
Spoiled votes included votes by other people, the votes of multis, duplicate votes, and votes en masse for a single answer in a very short period of time.
Despite a number of spoiled votes, their inclusion would not have altered the overall result.
The Senate shall convene later today to discuss the ramifications of the result, as well as whether or not to lay the CoT issue to rest.
Therefore, in the name of the Senate and People of Ireland, I declare the proposal to join the Circle of Trust defeated.
I thank all those who voted for doing so, as well as Damhnaic, the Minister for Community for aiding in the carrying out of this referendum.
Ireland has given a clear answer to the question set before us. It is an answer we cannot ignore as a country, nor I as President. I think it has become clear that the unease people felt with removing alliances with established friends was the main factor in the result laid before us. Perhaps that was justified.
On the other hand, Ireland remains without a formal alliance. This will present a number of challenges for the remainder of the term, as well as the next term.
I am sure we can all meet those challenges together.
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