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Ajai Chopra, deputy director of the International Monetary Fund's European Department, in the gardens of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin yesterday
Ajai Chopra, deputy director of the International Monetary Fund's European Department, in the gardens of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin yesterday

THROUGH a doorway, up a stairs, down a very long corridor and inside a swipe-operated door you will find the IMF team that bailed out the first western European economy in three decades.

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Surrounded by bottles of water, piles of Irish newspapers and banks of laptops, members of the IMF mission to Ireland are preparing to catch flights back to Washington after working for almost two weeks here.

At the top of a large table, tapping away at his own laptop, is economist Ajai Chopra, dubbed 'the Chopper' since he arrived in Ireland on November 18 and overnight became the most recognisable face in the country.

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