Exchequer figures for the first eight months of 2009 show the nation's finances have continued to deteriorate.
The figures, published this afternoon, show a budget deficit of €18.7bn for the first eight months of the year, compared to €8.4bn for the same period last year.
The massive deficit can be attributed to several factors. Primarily, tax revenue for the past 12 months fell by just around €4bn.
A further €3bn was transferred from the National Pensions Reserve fund for the bank recapitalisation programme, while €3.8bn was paid out to prop up Anglo Irish Bank.