Ireland Heads for the Bailout Exit
On Sunday, Ireland will become the first European nation to leave its emergency bailout since the region’s debt crisis began four years ago. In 2010, with the country’s banking system on the verge of collapse, Ireland sought a three-year 67.5 billion euro rescue from the European Central Bank, the European Union, and the International Monetary Fund. The exit means Ireland will fully re-enter international debt markets and end its reliance on the "kindness of strangers."
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Irish finance minister
“Our reputation was shot to bits. Lots of ministers on the continent were sick of listening to the boastful Irish talking about how you make a lot of money on property.”
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CEO of Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency
“We were now being met with the emerging markets desks of certain houses. That will tell you how far we had fallen.”
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CEO of WL Ross & Co.
“We concluded Ireland would be the first country to emerge from bailout...We also immodestly believed that a big investment by ourselves and other internationally-known investors would help to accelerate the recovery.”
Sources: Data compiled by Bloomberg, Central Statistics Office
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