- Jun 28, 2007
Read moreEurope tried to bounce Ireland into an international bailout before the Cabinet could discuss it, the retiring Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said today.
Mr Ahern also accused officials from the European Central Bank (ECB) of leaking details to the media to pressurise the Government into applying for a rescue loan.
The Justice Ministers remarks follow suggestions from Childrens Minister Barry Andrews that the country was forced to accept the package offered by the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
After announcing his imminent retirement from national politics, Mr Ahern described the days prior to the bailout negotiations as fraught.
I do believe there was an effort to bounce us into a discussion before the Cabinet had even discussed it, he said.
Those few days were extremely fraught, quite clearly.