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Nama picks up pace of repayments with €1bn bond deal

The National Asset Management Agency will start paying off the second half of its €30.2 billion debt tomorrow with the repayment of a €1 billion bond. The transaction comes as the “bad bank” backs the €150 million redevelopment of the […]

Government’s gamble to ignore Troika is paying off

The Government’s decision to ignore the advice of the Troika and the Fiscal Advisory Council in opting for a less punitive budgetary approach in Budget 2015, “seems to be paying off”, economist Jim Power said on Tuesday. “This gamble was […]

Euro zone manufacturing stalled in November

Euro zone manufacturing growth stalled in November and new orders fell at the fastest pace in 19 months despite heavy price cutting, painting a bleak picture for the coming months, a survey has shown today. Also worryingly for policymakers at […]

Irish manufacturing marks 18 months of growth in November – PMI

Irish manufacturing activity increased for the 18th month in a row in November as exporters saw new orders flood in at the fastest rate in almost four years. Ireland last year became the first bailed-out euro zone country to exit […]

Enda Kenny’s pledge to cut marginal tax rate to 50% in budget assumes economic growth

The precise means to be used will only be determined next year in the light of what resources are available, but the working plan will probably be to use a similar approach to the 2015 budget. Politically, this allows the […]

Ireland set to repay first tranche of €9 billion to IMF next month

Ireland set to repay first tranche of €9 billion to IMF next month. Money will be paid from cash balances held by the National Treasury Management Agency. The Government expects to repay €9 billion of the State’s loans with the […]

Irish home loan rules ‘strictest in Europe’ – agents

NEW rules on home loans being planned by the Central Bank will be among the strictest in Europe, estate agents have said. Delegates attending the European Confederation of Real Estate Agents Conference in Dublin expressed surprise that Ireland was introducing […]

Euro zone economic sentiment rises slightly in November

Morale in the euro zone rose for the second month in a row in November as a pick-up in industry sentiment just outweighed increased pessimism among consumers. The data offered a tentative sign that the bloc is avoiding outright stagnation. […]

Central Bank head admits new mortgage deposit rules face delays

Househunters will not need a 20pc deposit when seeking a mortgage from January 1 because the Central Bank won’t meet its own deadline to enforce the new rule. Plans to cap homeloans are to be pushed back but Central Bank […]

Economy produces the best job numbers in 5 years

EMPLOYMENT is at its highest level in five years with almost 28,000 more people in a job at the end of September than in the same period last year. And the vast bulk of the new positions are full-time, with […]

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