Tagged with: fiscal rules


The Irish fiscal straitjacket

Robert Sweeney 30/10/2019

These are eventful times for the Irish economy. We are told a variety of ‘storm clouds’ have been forming internationally which, it is claimed, has necessitated a tightening of the purse strings domestically. The budget, for instance, was framed in terms of the threat a no-deal Brexit would have on the Irish economy, leading to what was one of …



Can Special Purpose Vehicles help alleviate the Housing Crisis?

Tom Healy 30/01/2017

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is a technical term that refers to a wide variety of arrangements where a financial entity is established for a …

The ECB and the Forthcoming Referendum

James Stewart 26/04/2012

Jim Stewart: A recent speech delivered by Mr Asmussen (Executive Director of the ECB) at a seminar organised by the IIEA in Dublin (The Irish Case …

The Fiscal Compact, or: where will we be in 2018?

Tom McDonnell 07/02/2012

Tom McDonnell: The debate about the fiscal compact is likely to continue for some time. Much has been made of the 'one twentieth' rule but in …

“…all of the adjustments are being done to impress the rating agencies and international capital markets….”

Slí Eile 15/02/2010

Slí Eile: So writes Michael Casey, former chief economist with the Central Bank and currently board member of the International Monetary Fund. He …

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