Shoppers and forgers move to euro

EUROPE - Two weeks after the launch of euro notes and coins, more than 90% of transactions in Ireland are being made in the currency, the country's official changeover body said.

Ireland was the only eurozone country that issued every household with an electronic currency converter.

The calculator-like devices were distributed freely through the postal offices.

The converters and relatively high usage of cash in Ireland helped to build the confidence with the transition to euro, the official

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