Category: The Budget


Will the Rainy Day Fund Become Another Corporate Bailout?

Paul Sweeney 03/09/2018

The last National Pension Reserve Fund was raided & most of it was squandered. Ireland had a Sovereign Wealth Fund – 1% of GNP plus profits over 7 years had generated over €21bn by 2007. Money was put aside for future old age pensions. It was perhaps the only good idea of the most profligate Finance Minister, Charlie McCreevy. They said it …



Will Ireland Need a Second Bail Out?

Tom McDonnell 20/01/2012

Tom McDonnell: Willem Buiter of CitiGroup and formerly of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee reckons that Ireland should negotiate a …

The data being sent to IMF and EU bodies should be public

Nat O'Connor 10/01/2012

Nat O'Connor: The latest IMF report on Ireland has an important annex: Annex 1. Provision of data (pages 81-82), which gives a list of "indicators …

Ireland's 'Inability to Pay' 5.8 Percent

Nat O'Connor 01/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: The interest rate on the EFSF loan is to be 5.8 per cent (on average). Can Ireland afford this? Professor Morgan Kelly of UCD wrote an …

Irish versus Transparency?

Nat O'Connor 19/04/2010

Nat O'Connor: Am I the only one who was wondering why it was taking so long for the Finance Act 2010 to be publicly available? (It was signed into …

Transfering public goods to bondholders in zombie banks

Slí Eile 06/12/2009

Slí Eile: As the pressure mounts on all sides – media, politics, radio phone-in shows – to cut public spending a question arises about the …

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