Some pretty gob-smacking news:

Ireland's economy shrank 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, capping the worst full-year performance in at least a quarter century... The economy may shrink as much as 6.5 percent this year as companies from Dell Inc. to Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc cut jobs in Ireland, the government forecasts.

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