It's an ill wind that blows no good
The financial crises in Greece and Spain have sent the value of the euro plunging to near two-year lows against sterling and the dollar, with the single currency trading at under 80p and $1.25 yesterday.
While this might be bad news for anyone planning a holiday in either the UK or the US, it is a very different story for the Irish economy as a whole.
With most of our foreign trade being conducted in either sterling or dollars, a lower euro exchange rate makes our exports more competitive in the key British and American markets. It also makes Ireland a cheaper country to visit for British and American tourists, while Irish producers also receive a boost in the domestic market as imports become more expensive.