What you could do if you had €23bn to blow
WHAT can €23bn buy you these days? The answer is quite a lot.
Here in Ireland we could build a brand new hospital in every county and still have change left over, based on what the Department of Health expects to spend on the new national children's hospital in Dublin.
Alternatively, you could build 2,300km of motorway, or more than double the existing motorway network.
The capitalists among us could buy every company on the Irish stock exchange bar CRH, or pay the interest on the national debt for six years, or our social welfare payments for the next two years.
Those wanting to save the planet rather than cover the country in tarmac could rebuild Chile following the recent earthquake or double Ireland's aid to the Third World every year until 2040.
If you're in the mood for mischief, you could pay for Britain's invasion of Afghanistan for the next eight years or even pay for the cigarettes and pipe tobacco of the world's entire population of smokers for a month.
Sports fans could fund the Olympics in 2012 and again in 2016 or pay for the next eight World Cups.