Ireland's general government deficit was a lower-than-expected 9.4 per cent last year, new figures show.
"This compares very well to a target of 10.6 per cent under the EU-IMF programme and the budget day estimate of 10.1 per cent, especially giving the significant global slowdown in the second half of 2011, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said.
The end-March Maastricht returns, published by Eurostat, showed that if account is taken of the capital injections into the banks, the headline deficit...
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