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Latest update : 2013-12-19

Irish economy exits bailout, but scars of its collapse run deep

It was considered the poster child for austerity. When the banking crisis threatened to bring down the state, the Irish government took an axe to its balance sheet. Cuts worth almost €30 bn helped Ireland become the first eurozone country to exit its bailout. While many sectors of the economy are now recovering, the scars of the collapse run deep. As Stephen Carroll reports, an exit from the bailout won't change much for those hit by unemployment, mortgage debt or emigration.

By Stephen CARROLL

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2016-06-27 India

Drug dealers of hope: Activists fight for access to life-saving Hepatitis C cure

Hepatitis C, a liver disease, causes approximately 500,000 deaths every year. Luckily, there is a miracle cure patented by the American pharmaceutical giant Gilead. But for most...

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2016-06-23 UK

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2016-06-22 UK

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2016-06-21 Mayotte

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The Indian Ocean island of Mayotte has been a department of France since 2011, but locals feel abandoned by the country's central authorities. After more than two weeks of...

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2016-06-20 France

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To mark World Refugee Day, we take a look at a city in the French Basque country that's taken a pro-active stance in providing support to refugees, mostly Syrians, who have fled...

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