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Why is the UK helping Ireland?

In the Irish bail-out by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, Britain is also offering up to 8 and a half billion in loans.

The Chancellor George Osborne said it was 'overwhelmingly in Britain's national interest' to help 'a friend in need'.

The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston reports.

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