Post offices and banks throughout the country report a brisk trade in starter packs of the euro coin.

The starter packs are designed to help people to get familiar with the euro coins in advance of 1 January 2002 when they can be used. According to Neil Whoriskey of the Central Bank, the starter packs are very popular with the public.

The level of interest in the Euro starter pack has been very strong throughout the country.

A steady flow of people have been buying the packs at the Central Bank in Dublin at a cost of £5 and worth €6.35. Each pack contains 19 coins.

In total the new currency will have eight euro coins and seven euro notes. People on the streets of Dublin give the new coins mixed reviews.

From 1 January 2002, all bank accounts will be in euro, withdrawals will be in euro, and ATMs will dispense euro notes.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 December 2001. The reporter is Teresa Mannion.