Central Banking

Ireland asks - Please be gentle with your euros

IRELAND - The new euro notes are taking a battering in Ireland. Despite being in circulation only four months some of them have deteriorated to such an extent that they will have to be replaced.

Worst hit are the low denomination notes and the Central Bank is appealing for people to treat them with more care.

Other euro countries are much more careful with their cash but the lifetime of notes in Ireland has traditionally been much shorter. Old fivers only lasted about five or six months.

Because

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