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Must we pay for gamblers' excess?

If we were a certain African country, then the political talk of 'billions' wouldn't be too bad but, unfortunately, the billions talked about so freely are euros and are coming from the Irish taxpayer.

Maybe the answers I seek are too simplistic, but I try to keep things within the realm of plain English.

Why are the taxpayers of Ireland being forced to cover the 'gambling bills' of bankers who were handing out cash like confetti?

Brendan Lynch
Bray, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent