20 Feb '11, 2am

Irish voters set to oust govt: DUBLIN: Ireland's government is set to become the first to fall victim to the EU

Irish voters set to oust govt: DUBLIN: Ireland's government is set to become the first to fall victim to the EU

DUBLIN: Ireland's government is set to become the first to fall victim to the EU debt crisis in Friday's general election, three months after it was forced to accept an international bailout. Voters look certain to dump the eurozone country's traditional party of government, Fianna Fail, along with discredited prime minister Brian Cowen, and usher in an opposition which has vowed to renegotiate the bailout terms. Fine Gael, led by prime minister-in-waiting Enda Kenny, has campaigned on a promise to negotiate less onerous conditions from the EU and IMF for a nation battered by three years of economic storms. Since the last national election in 2007, the boom that saw Ireland dubbed the "Celtic Tiger" and allowed it to put behind centuries of poverty and emigration has collapsed into a mire of debt and recrimination. The final humiliation came in November, when Dublin was fo...

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