Cowen aconsiders 'best options for Ireland and the euro'

The Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, has insisted that the country's economy remains strong and sustainable despite its debt problems.

He said that over the next few days the main focus of talks with officials from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union in Dublin was the banking situation.

The Governor of Ireland's Central Bank has said he expects the country will accept international loans of tens of billons of Euros. However, Mr Cowen said his government had not made any firm decisions.

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