Finance minister Michael Noonan has pressed the button to sell around 25 per cent of taxpayers' shareholding in AIB on the Dublin and London stock markets.
In his final major decision as minister, Noonan said the "strong progress made by AIB and current market conditions mean that now is the right time" to commence the process of reducing the state's 99.9% stake in the bank.
The government said that ordinary investors will have the chance to participate...
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