Some €20.7 billion. The staggering cost of bailing out AIB. It is a colossal sum of money – the equivalent of the annual budget of the HSE and then another 50 per cent. Even by the standards of global bank bailouts it is big – more than the combined bailout cash received by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. And second only to the €29 billion that has been swallowed by the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank.
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