BERLIN Jan 10 The German government has backed
the payment of a next tranche of European financial aid to
Ireland as the country has met its obligations, according to a
confidential letter sent to German lawmakers and obtained by
Reuters on Thursday.
"In view of the successful implementation of the programme
in the third quarter of 2012, the German government supports the
payment of the next credit tranche to Ireland," the Finance
Ministry letter to parliament's budget committee said.
The tranche, worth 2.2 billion euros is due to be paid in
(Reporting by Matthias Sobolewski; writing by Alexandra Hudson)