This Irish government finally caved in to pressure and accepted a bailout from the Eurozone, with additional help from the British government. The decision caused some of the smaller Irish parties, including the Greens — who objected to the planned austerity measures — to withdraw from the governing coalition. This forced Prime Minister Brian Cowen to call new elections for January, although he will not resign until after the new budget has been approved.
In other news, the Cordoba Initiative — the group behind the Ground Zero Mosque, headed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf — has applied for a $5 million grant from the fund set up to help rebuild Manhattan after the 9-11 attacks.
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