Despite RTE being very quite about this, it seems that little Ireland has picked up the lions share of the tab for Europe's banking crisis.
42% of Europe
Indeed Ireland has paid more than Germany, whose banks lent recklessly to private Irish businesses, to fill the hole left behind. It would seem that our government (past and present) have been extraordinarily generous with their tax payers money in selflessly filling the chasm left behind.
All Europe has to do is throw a few trinkets and awards at our leaders and tell them that they are the envy of Europe, a model for the rest of the world, blah, blah, and they'll continue to put the boot in to make Irish people more and more indebted to the countries whose banks should have lost out.
When you see headlines like this you need to make sure there's medication close by.