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S&P Downgrades Irish Debt On Concern Over Cost Of Bank Bailouts, Outlook Negative

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services downgraded Ireland's credit rating Tuesday on concern about the cost of bailing out the country's ailing banks.

S&P lowered Ireland's long-term sovereign credit rating to AA- from AA and kept its outlook on negative, suggesting the ratings agency could cut again.

The downgrade applies to other ratings that depend on Ireland's sovereign credit rating, including senior unsecured debt ratings on government-guaranteed securities of Irish banks, S&P noted.

The total cost of Ireland's support for its banking sector may now reach 90 billion euros ($114 billion), or 58% of GDP, S&P estimated. That's up from a previous forecast of 80 billion euros.

"The rising budgetary cost of supporting the Irish financial sector will further weaken the government's fiscal flexibility over the medium term," S&P's Cullinan said Tuesday.

In the wake of the new bailout of Anglo Irish Bank, S&P now reckons Ireland's net general government debt will climb toward 113% of gross domestic product in 2012.



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Aug 25, 2010 at 12:59 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Pitchfork says Ireland is the next ground zero for bank bailout anger. We're talking real, regime-changing stuff. Because shit just keeps getting worse and worse -- and govt has badly managed expectations. Plus, they don't have the Fed (and Fannie and Freddie) to draw things out until Obama gets re-elected (or not). The Irish body politic is relatively cohesive and they're not afraid of talking openly about any differences they have. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael people can sit in the same room and talk politics without getting angry at each other. Can you imagine Dems and Repubs doing that here? In other words, divide and conquer doesn't have a chance in Ireland. Once the switch flips, it will switch for everybody, not just for one half of the herd or the other.

By the way, here's another recording of "Alternative Ulster," apparently from an old record or tape. I love this song, DB. Awesome find
Aug 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Yes, Ireland has a long history of happy-go-lucky political discourse. We all know how easygoing the Roman Catholics are when backed into a corner.


Broken bottles under children's feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end street
But I won't heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, bloody sunday
Sunday, bloody sunday
Sunday, bloody sunday (sunday bloody sunday...)
(allright lets go!)

And the battle's just begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday, bloody sunday
Sunday, bloody sunday
Aug 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Maybe Dr. P is Bono?
Aug 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Credit for the video goes to Patron at Silicon Investor who posted it there last night...

And pitchfork i presume you will keep us updated on the irish bailout situation...
Aug 25, 2010 at 2:35 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Yes, DB, I'll keep you all updated.
Aug 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork

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