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Irish Banks Sink on Expectations Banks Heading Toward More State Ownership

"Irish banks Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Bank of Ireland (IRE) are lower amid expectations that the banks are heading toward greater state ownership, AP reports.

There is deep skepticism that an international bailout loan -- whose details are expected to be unveiled Sunday -- will be enough for Ireland to resolve its debts, the story said.

Speculative media reports in Dublin and Brussels fueled nervousness, with claims that the International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank experts driving the loan talks in Dublin would like to make Ireland's senior bondholders -- chiefly foreign banks -- eat losses in Ireland's debt-crippled banks.

AIB was last down 12.48% and IRE down 8.86%."

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