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Demonstrators protest outside Government Buildings as the budget is announced, in Dublin, Dec. 7, 2010.
Demonstrators protest outside Government Buildings as the budget is announced, in Dublin, Dec. 7, 2010.
(CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

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Bailed out and buckled down, Ireland still has plenty of hurdles ahead

In the endless tumult of the Greeces and Spains of the world, Ireland has almost become the forgotten member of the PIIGS – a quaint anachronism from the days when European sovereign-debt crises seemed all so exciting and new. But the Emerald Isle is also a poignant example of just how long the road ahead is for the euro zone’s troubled children.