Published Friday, 01 June 2012
They didn't need to worry. The Irish middle-classes might not have liked it but they held their noses and voted Yes.
The No campaign did poll strongly in working class areas but it was not enough.
Yet it was a good campaign for Sinn Féin. The party was up to 24% in last weekend's opinion polls and took on the major role on the No side.
On the steps of Government Buildings, Enda Kenny said he did not go head to head with Gerry Adams during the campaign because he did not want to give the Sinn Féin leader the leader of the opposition role.
That was significant. It shows just how important Sinn Féin has become in Irish politics.
So, while there will be a sigh of relief in Government and in Fianna Fáil, there will also be an awareness Sinn Féin is growing stronger.
Elsewhere in Europe there will be toasts to Enda Kenny and the Irish people.
For now anyway!