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DTN Singapore: Irish bailout may just mean more debt: Analysts: DUBLIN - IRELAND'S huge 85 billion euro (S$148.3...

DUBLIN - IRELAND'S huge 85 billion euro (S$148.3 billion) international rescue package represents a huge helping hand for a small country, but analysts say it may just be piling debt on top of more debt. 'It won't work of itself. It does allow access to credit to keep the country open but it will not fix the problem', Declan Jordan, lecturer in economics at University College Cork, told AFP. Several Irish experts doubt the long-term viability of the rescue plan, which was agreed in November as Ireland teetered on the edge of bankruptcy as a result of a banking crisis and a housing crash. The European Union and International Monetary Fund extended Ireland a credit line of 67.5 billion euros to curb a huge deficit amounting to 32 per cent of gross domestic product. But Dublin itself must add 17.5 billion euros of its own money to take the package up to the full amount needed...

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