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The Irish government currently holds only 18% of Allied Irish Banks, but might raise its stake to 91.5%, nationalizing the bank. This comes as the troubled bank is having trouble raising necessary money in order to operate, and as the government has sweeping powers for a cash injection and a takeover.

Neil Hume reports

Although the terms of the injection aren’t yet clear, broker Davy says shareholders are going to be diluted out of sight.

Bad news for Allied Irish (nyse:aib) and another weight on EUR/USD.

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