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Ireland might default

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LONDON (MarketWatch) — Fears that Ireland’s banking woes will send the Emerald Isle the way of Iceland has sent the cost of insuring sovereign Irish debt against default to record levels.

Spreads on Ireland’s five-year credit default swaps rose to a record 377 basis points on Friday, analysts said. That means it would cost $377,000 a year to insure a notional $10 million of debt against default. That’s up from around just $24,000 a year ago.

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