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Finance meeting over Irish Republic rescue scheme

European finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the details of a bail-out worth more than 85bn euros ($113bn; £72bn) for the Irish Republic.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said she thought the deal was almost complete.

There is still expected to be some discussion about the interest rate the Irish will have to pay on the loan.

UK Chancellor George Osborne said it was in Britain's national interest to "sort out Ireland".