DUBLIN Feb 7 Ireland is pressing its European
partners to allow it to substantially discount unguaranteed
senior bank debt despite opposition from the European Central
Bank (ECB), the country's finance minister said on Monday.
"We put the 20 billion (of senior debt outside of a
government guarantee) on the table in the EU/IMF negotiations
but the ECB ruled it out, but it's still there in debate and
we're pressing for a substantial discount and for burden
sharing," Brian Lenihan told national broadcaster RTE on
"This debate is underway in Europe," added Lenihan whose
ruling Fianna Fail party are set to be dumped out of power
after a parliamentary election on Feb. 25.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin)