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'The only thing for sure is that we'll still be paying for years'

ON the streets of Dublin this morning the sudden liquidation of 'the bank formerly known as Anglo' was met with a welcome.

IT WAS the main institution that had brought Ireland to its knees and the people of Dublin were reacting to the closure of IBRC.

And outside its St Stephen's Green headquarters, a lone garda kept watch on the offices in case the sudden overnight vote to kill off Anglo sparked off any sort of reaction.

"Stepping down the board was the right thing to do, but whether it was right to liquidate the bank remains to be seen.

"This will be make or break for Fine Gael, and the opposition will be waiting in the wings.

"Nothing surprises me any more when it comes to Irish banks, so this move doesn't surprise me.

"Maybe it should have happened sooner. Why didn't it happen before the last promissory note payment was due?"

"I'm still a bit confused by the whole thing really so I don't know if it is a good move or a bad one. The only thing I'm sure about is that I keep hearing the Government talking about 'our national debt', but it's not my debt. I didn't borrow all around me. I did nothing wrong but am still paying the consequences."

"I'm glad to see Anglo go. It was bound to happen at some point. To be honest I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner and that it was let to linger on as long as it has."

"That bank has been inept for years, so it is no surprise to me that it is now gone. The only thing for sure is that we'll still be paying this debt for years."

cfeehan@herald.ie


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