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MID-DAY UPDATE: Ireland in the spotlight

Katharine Crnko Nov 22, 2010

Today’s big story was Ireland. Yesterday, the country agreed to a bailout from The European Central Bank and the IMF, though the terms and specifics are not known yet. Ireland expects to receive more than $100 billion. After the announcement, the focus turned to the people of Ireland, who are shell-shocked by the decision, and upset that Ireland’s independence is now up for debate.

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