Ireland exits rescue program

"This isn’t the end of the road," says finance minister Michael Noonan as Ireland becomes the first EU state to officially exit its rescue program. "This is a very significant milestone on the road."

The economy is forecast to grow about 2% next year and unemployment is below 13% after rising above 15% in 2012. Noonan pledges to keep the screws down on fiscal discipline, but also makes noises about a tax cut sometime in the next two years.

Irish stocks are up marginally on the session; EIRL is up 37.7% YTD.

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