Ireland will become the first
euro zone country to exit an international bailout in
mid-December and may do so without a financing backstop from its
European partners, the ruling party announced at a triumphant
rally on Saturday.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny told a gathering of his Fine Gael
party that "the economic emergency will be over" when the
country exits its 85 billion euro bailout on Dec. 15, confirming
the official date of the exit for the first time.
"There's still a long way to go. But at last, the era of the
bailout will be no more," Kenny said to loud applause.