From Ireland with grateful thanks?

According to the BBC, the Republic of Ireland’s finances are €3.6bn better off as a result of an accounting error.  That’s the luck of the Irish for you!  But then, when a country as small as Ireland can double count so much money is it any wonder they ended up needing an international bail out?

Given that the UK provided Ireland with a £3.2bn bilateral loan at the end of 2010, and contributed a further £2.6bn through the UK’s participation in the EU’s stability mechanism, surely Dublin will be falling over themselves to reduce their debt and show their good faith by sending this money back to the UK taxpayers who funded it.  After all, friendship goes both ways.

No need for a grand ceremony or giant presentation cheque, a simple transfer of funds and a ‘thanks very much’ will suffice.

10 Responses to “From Ireland with grateful thanks?”


  1. 2 permanentexpat 01/11/2011 at 11:47 pm

    One can chuckle a bit at the poor Irish…who find it hard to get anything right including their independence for which they fought so bloodily for the best part of a millenium…but German arithmetic is no laughing matter.
    However, I have to say that the world of finance has become so complicated, with newly invented capital-enhancing ‘vehicles’ springing up every day, that even the brightest get lost in the ever-changing labyrinth.

  2. 3 permanentexpat 01/11/2011 at 11:49 pm

    Yep!….Two Ns in millennium 8-((

  3. 4 Brian H 02/11/2011 at 6:42 am

    The Euro is a massive accounting error. And the EU a geopolitical one.

  4. 5 don wreford 02/11/2011 at 6:48 am

    The Irish should not send the money back, the British have exploited the Irish for centuries and the Colonists whom are historically a military force are now a financier of force, the Golden Mile can pay for it, the British are masters of fraud and the British Parliament is nothing less than a Institutionalized crime syndicate, it is time for Britain to start paying its dues for its past criminal and present activities, what is shocking with regard to this article is the moral concern of self righteousness, wake up we are lingering in the past, the time now is for Britain to start paying reparations. don wreford.

  5. 6 okjoe57 02/11/2011 at 8:20 am

    oh Don, how wonderful it must be to see things so clearly.

  6. 7 Sebastian Weetabix 02/11/2011 at 11:13 pm

    “The Golden Mile can pay for it” what the fuck has Blackpool done to deserve that?

    But seriously, I find it quite flattering how the world’s swivel-eyed loonies, in between glass blowing and writing letters in ink made from their own piss, are quite convinced the wicked Brits are behind it all. As opposed, say, to a combination of their own witless folly, wild hubris and a dose of Goldman Sachs.

    Reminds me of when the Irish introduced harsher drink-driving laws 20 odd years back. I was in a pub in Dingle and an old codger was moaning about it.. “tis the Brits again – worse than the penal laws of Cromwell!” I ventured to suggest it was perhaps Fianna Fail and Fine Gael he should be looking at. He was quite convinced the Brits were behind the whole thing, some 60 or 70 years after independence.

  7. 8 don wreford 04/11/2011 at 4:06 am

    I am sorry to say I have run out of piss, nevertheless I am having a drink to muster up the urinal forces within, my location target is the Golden Mile in London, relating to financiers, I would apologise for my career in blowing glass it is a life of misguided personal tragedy that I now regret, it is also with some regret that I attempt to unravel the World within and without, on a moment to moment basis, and if I have mislead readers it is unintentional, therefore I deny I see anything clearly, furthermore if 57 can elucidate on his own position this maybe a useful contribution, my problem with most of the writers in the replies section, is they either sound like a lot of trolls or an over educated bunch of bureacrats having brain constipation through overwork in the crossword department, my main critique of the British brand of organized historical delusion of superiority is their love affair with the barrel of the gun.

  8. 9 Sebastian Weetabix 04/11/2011 at 12:37 pm

    Ah, that would be the square mile.

  9. 10 david morris 15/11/2011 at 9:25 pm

    so it would


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