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Bailout brings deficit of trust to Ireland

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Bailout brings deficit of trust to Ireland

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Across Ireland empty buildings stand testament to the legacy of the Celtic tiger. A legacy which included a spectacular economic boom and a bust which led to an EU-IMF bailout based on tough austerity measures.

But is that bailout working? That question could soon be answered by the Irish people in a referendum on the EU Fiscal Treaty. How will that vote go? Like its banks and government, the Irish people have a deficit – but this time it is one of trust.