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IMF's Christine Lagarde sports Newbridge Silverware brooch at Dublin conference

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THE International Monetary Fund boss gave a nod to Irish jewellery design and business today when she attended a conference in Dublin Castle today.

She wore a silver-plated brooch from the Irish company, based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, to accompany a stylish black ensemble.

It was designed by the Newbridge Silverware team to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rose of Tralee Festival - it retails at €35.

She was in Dublin to address the 'Ireland - Lessons from its Recovery from the Bank-Sovereign Loop' where she discussed the €67.5bn EU/IMF/ECB bailout and Ireland's recovery.

The early repayment of IMF bailout loans that will lead to savings for the Irish State is also being discussed while she is in town.

Today she acknowledged that the "chemistry between Irish authorities and the troika worked" and contributed to the bailout process.

When she was here in 2013 she also donned a Celtic style brooch and a green scarf.

She even quoted Ireland's poster-woman for misery - Peig.

"Despite what Peig Sayers might say, the Irish economy does not have 'one foot in the grave and the other foot on its edge'," she said, to the amusement of the audience at another conference.

Thankfully, economically things have improved since then.

Back then, she even made time to visit Doheny & Nesbitt for a drink during the last visit - flanked by a very proud looking Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

She is the first woman to head the IMF, an institution in which men hold 80pc of management positions and which has 188 member states.

She is responsible for about $1 trillion in available credit.

 

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