The ad, which was not in fact on the Daft.ie, said the country is being sold for €12126212.56 per square kilometre. It said: "Republic of Ireland, Western Europe. €900bn o.n.o. Island for sale. Floor area 74,000 km2. Unit Price: €12126212.56 per sq km. Contact name: Brian Cowen."
A Daft.ie spokesperson said “Someone used Photoshop or some similar mechanism to make it appear the advert was on our website and then they sent several emails with a copy of it. On the day that's in it somebody thought they were having a bit of harmless fun."