Prankster puts country up for sale on internet
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."