Labour wants EU "payback", FG says Irish won't be "bribed"

UPDATE: Energy minister Pat Rabbitte said that the Government would like some payback from its European partners for having bailed out the country’s banks to protect Europe’s financial system.

1st March, 2012
Labour wants EU "payback", FG says Irish won't be "bribed"
Pat Rabbitte's remarks appear to contradict earlier comments by the Taoiseach that the Irish people will not be "bribed".

Energy minister Pat Rabbitte said that the Government would like some payback from its European partners for having bailed out the country’s banks to protect Europe’s financial system.

“We did put our finger in the dyke for the banks of the rest of Europe and a quid-pro-quo now would be appreciated,” Rabbitte said in an interview with *Newstalk* today. “It would be normal if the European authorities acknowledged that in the...

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