Ireland's adherence over the past year to an EU-IMF austerity plan has helped boost the value of Irish bonds, raising hopes of an Irish return to normal borrowing in 2013. But the sheer volume of funds required to finance Ireland's deficits and bank-rescue program leaves open the prospect of a second Irish bailout next year.
A spokeswoman for Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council who oversaw the drafting of the fiscal treaty, declined to comment on Ireland's referendum plans.
Gabriele Steinhauser in Brussels contributed to this report.
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