Top news for all wrong reasons
"HUMILIATION" and "bailout" screamed the international headlines.
Newspapers around the world showed none of the Taoiseach's reluctance to use the "b" word yesterday.
In the UK, 'The Independent' carried a cartoon depicting a glum-looking Brian Cowen, wearing a green, white and gold condom from head to toe, preparing to leap from a diving board into a swimming pool full of cash.
It read: "Condoms acceptable in extreme cases."
'The Times' did not pull its punches either.
"Humiliated Irish forced into €85bn bailout loan," its headline proclaimed.
Our economic woes also made headline news on the opposite side of the world.
'The Sydney Morning Herald' wrote: "Ireland's reckless banking sector has finally brought down the once-powerful Celtic Tiger, forcing the need for a multi billion-euro emergency rescue package."
In the US, 'The 'Washington Post' proclaimed: "Humbled Ireland calls for bailout."
Most of the coverage pondered the potential economic fallout, with few commentators lampooning the Irish Government and some arguing Ireland could not be blamed for its fate.
Meanwhile, the BBC denied last night it was racially stereotyping Ireland. The broadcaster was responding to criticism of news reports -- some complete with Riverdance jigs and pictures of pubs.