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In pictures: Ireland’s day of economic and political turmoil

A bailout announced, a government collapsing, a department stormed… it’s been quite a day. Here’s our gallery.

IT HAS, NOBODY WILL DENY, been a crazy 24 hours for Ireland.

Beginning last night with the disclosure that the country had asked the European Union and IMF for an economic bailout, through to this morning’s declaration from the Green Party it was seeking an election in January, and through to this lunchtime’s Merrion Street protests involving Sinn Féin… Ireland has rarely seen 24 hours like it.

Here, then, is our selection of the best press images of the last 24 hours.

In pictures: Ireland’s day of economic and political turmoil
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    Brian Cowen leads Brian Lenihan off stage after announcing Ireland's bailout application last night. AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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    Even as the two Brians were speaking, demonstrators were already arriving at government buildings to protest. A Sinn Féin protestor was taken to hospital after being reportedly struck by a car. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    A campaigner stands outside Leinster House this morning, as news breaks of a Green Party press conference on the future of the government. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    John Gormley arrives outside Leinster House as the party holds a press conference... Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    ...while Trevor Sargent and Paul Gogarty (with daughter Daisy) join him at Leinster House. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    Daisy Gogarty (18 months) sits in the arms of her father, Green Party TD Paul and other members of the Greens as leader John Gormley speaks during the press conference. AP Photo/Peter Morrison
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    Dan Boyle wipes his forehead as John Gormley tells the public that his party will withdraw from government in two months. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    'Moving abroad?' asks a recruitment agency in Dublin earlier today. After the Greens' conference, Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae said they were both "unlikely" to support the Budget after the government's handling of the IMF affair. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    A motorbike police officer holds back Sinn Fein protesters - including party TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh - who broke through the gates at government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Aengus Ó Snodaigh is held back by a motorbike police at the gates at government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A Sinn Fein protestor waves a tricolour outside government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A Irish Army Military police officer confronts Sinn Fein protesters after they broke through the gates at government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Gardaí remove Sinn Fein protesters from inside the gates of government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A motorbike police officer holds back Sinn Fein protesters who broke through the gates at government buildings. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Sinn Fein protestors tussle with Gardai at the gates of government buildings in Dublin. Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    Later, a protester holds a banner reading "Fianna Fail Traitors Out now. Elections before negotiations". (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A woman enters a euro discount store in south Dublin. The euro initially rallied, but later slid, against foreign currencies as investors disregarded the benefits of an Irish bailout. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A newspaper seller displays the Evening Herald headline in central Dublin. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Staff put up a sale sign in central Dublin. Brian Lenihan was earlier told that Ireland's biggest two banks would need an immediate capital injection of €5bn. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    This man could be the next Taoiseach. Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore speaks to reporters outside Leinster House, Dublin, telling them he is considering tabling a motion of no confidence in the government as early as tomorrow. Julien Behal/PA Wire

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