ISEQ closes slightly down

The ISEQ index of Irish shares closed at 2,273.19 this evening.

This represents a fall of 27.79 points or 1.21%, as traders waited to see what would come from Finance Minister Brian Lehinhan's emergency Budget this afternoon.

Of the major banks, AIB and Bank of Ireland, both rose, 11c and 8c to finish at €1.28 and 97c respectively but Irish Life & Permanent dropped 4c to €1.65.

Elsewhere, DCC lost 36c to close at €12, Elan fell 23c to €4.10 and Tullow Oil saw 19c knocked off its price to finish at €8.29.

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