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Irish Government blew opportunity to get debt deal – former IMF chief Mody

THE current government blew an opportunity to get a debt write-down deal and a “slower pace of austerity” from the EU/ECB/IMF troika when it took office four years ago, the former IMF chief of mission to Ireland said today. “When […]

Economic policy needed to tackle inequality – think tank

The Government needs to dramatically change its economic policy and taxation system or risk Ireland moving to “US levels of inequality” according to a left-wing think tank. A new report from the think tank for Action on Social Change (Tasc) […]

€1 in every €3 spent is via Visa card

Visa’s Irish operations had a record year in 2014 with €28.4bn being spent by consumers via the payments technology firm’s products. The total covers use of credit, debit and pre-paid Visa cards; as relates to online and point-of-sale transactions. It […]

Ireland pays higher rate of interest than Greece on bailout

Ireland pays a substantially higher rate of interest on its bailout than Greece, but economists cast doubt on the country getting any further relief. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that he would support a debt reduction for Greece, currently […]

Ireland pays higher rate of interest than Greece on bailout

Ireland pays a substantially higher rate of interest on its bailout than Greece, but economists cast doubt on the country getting any further relief. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that he would support a debt reduction for Greece, currently […]

ECB stimulus moves target investors

The European Central Bank’s pending stimulus measures for the eurozone economy are expected to see international investors lump on European stocks this year. According to the latest international fund manager survey, from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, investors still have a […]

Inflation hopes dim despite ECB plans

Days before the European Central Bank is expected to deploy its ultimate monetary easing weapon, financial markets are showing no sign of confidence that it will push inflation anywhere near target in the next decade. The ECB is expected to […]

Euro on the ropes and facing a major fight

Markets were caught completely off guard last week by the surprise decision of the Swiss Central Bank (SNB) to abandon its currency cap of CHF1.20 against the euro. It is widely seen as a pre-emptive move by the SNB ahead […]

Calls to replace troika with EU body

The three-pronged team of inspectors that presided over the bailouts of euro-area countries, including Greece and Ireland, should be scrapped and replaced with a European Union-based body, EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said yesterday. The ‘troika’, comprising officials from the […]

Record year for investment in Irish commercial property

Investment in Irish commercial property reached a record high in 2014, with some €4.5 billion invested. This represents a 25 per cent increase on the previous peak of €3.6 billion reached in 2006. Investors rushed to avail of the capital […]

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