Prankster puts country up for sale on internet
Published 19/11/2010 | 05:00
Ireland was offered for sale as the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission arrived in Dublin yesterday for emergency economy talks with the Government.
A prankster put the country for sale on what was apparently a link to Ireland's biggest property website, Daft.ie.
But Daft.ie bosses quickly insisted that the advert, selling Ireland for €12126212.56 per square kilometre, wasn't online.
A spokesman said: "Someone used Photoshop or some similar mechanism to make it appear the advert was on our website and then they sent several emails with a copy of it. On the day that's in it somebody thought they were having a bit of harmless fun."
Emails carried the daft.ie logo and beneath it the Ireland "for sale" material.
It said: "Republic of Ireland, Western Europe. €900bn o.n.o. Island for sale. Floor area 74,000 km2. Unit Price: €12126212.56 per sq km. Contact name: Brian Cowen."