Irish Central Statistics Agency saidon Thursday the economy has entered a technical recession after contracting 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011, following a 1.1% drop in the third quarter. In 2011 as a whole, Ireland grew 0.7% compared with 0.3% in 2010.

The data raised concerns the debt-mired nation has to do more to jolt out of recession even after receiving an international bailout.