Ireland not at immediate risk from Greece: deputy PM

Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland would not face any immediate threat if Greece had to default on its debts, the country's deputy prime minister said on Sunday.

"It's not a situation that if Greece defaults then there are immediately implications for Ireland," Eamon Gilmore told Irish state broadcaster RTE.

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"If Greece defaults there are implications for the wider euro zone and obviously we are part of that."

Gilmore also said he hoped that a deal on a lower interest rate on loans from Ireland's European partners would be agreed at a meeting of European finance ministers in June.

"We hope that there will be an outcome from that."

(Reporting by Carmel Crimmins; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)