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IMF boss keeps a clear head after Dublin night out

THE managing director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, was up bright and early this morning discussing the country's stringent economic plans following a night in Doheny and Nesbitt's.

The famous Baggot Street pub has played host to numerous famous faces and Ms Lagarde enjoyed the hospitality there last night.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan, along with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, brought Ms Lagarde to the pub where she met regulars and posed for photographs.

There is no let-up to Ms Lagarde's workload today as she discusses the country's economic future with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

Following discussions with Government leaders this morning, Ms Lagarde is expected to make an address to the Institute of European Affairs.

She is also due to host a lunch for International Women's Day.

A visit to the Central Bank is also scheduled.

Although a strong supporter of Ireland in its efforts to work through the bailout programme, it is thought unlikely Ms Lagarde will offer any easing of the IMF's financing terms.