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# esm - Friday 19 October, 2012

Merkel rules out backdated ESM help for bailing out Europe’s banks

The German chancellor tells a news conference there “will not be any retroactive direct recapitalisation”. That’s us told.

# esm - Thursday 18 October, 2012

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Slideshow: The EU summit in Brussels

Greater European Union control of national budgets, oh and what the heads of state will be dining on tonight.

# esm - Sunday 14 October, 2012

Euro crisis based on 'design flaws' in monetary union, conference told

An economics conference in Galway is told the Eurozone’s debt crisis is based on a ‘deeply flawed institutional architecture’.

# esm - Monday 8 October, 2012

Moody's give new ESM an AAA rating - but outlook is negative

Moody’s said that a ‘weakening in the political commitment’ among eurozone states towards the ESM would have negative implications.

Noonan hopeful of deal on Anglo promissory note before Budget

The Minister for Finance says the timetable is to have a deal by March, but he’d like a commitment before announcing the Budget.

# esm - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Column: Why banks have begun picking our pockets (and more is still to come)

We need more straight talking on the status of Irish banking, writes expert Ronan Coburn.

# esm - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Germany, Finland and the Netherlands deliver blow to Ireland's hopes for bank debt deal

The country’s three finance ministers issued a statement last night stating that the EU rescue fund would only deal with future problems.

# esm - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Ireland may issue 40-year bond to replace promissory notes - report

Bloomberg reports that Ireland could issue the former Anglo bonds worth €40 billion, allowing it to scrap the promissory note system.

# esm - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

German court set to rule on whether Germany can sign the ESM into law

The court will rule tomorrow morning whether the president can sign the ESM into law or not.

# esm - Monday 10 September, 2012

IMF turns up heat on demands for Irish bank debt deal

The latest IMF quarterly review says having the ESM take a direct stake in Irish banks is the best way back to the markets.

# esm - Wednesday 1 August, 2012

Government to ratify ESM today following Supreme Court ruling

The EU’s permanent bailout fund still has to clear the hurdle of the German Constitutional Court which is expected to issue a ruling in September.

# esm - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Ireland to formally ratify ESM Treaty after Supreme Court clearance

Instruments of ratification – the final leg in the approval process – will be formally lodged in Brussels today.

Supreme Court rejects Thomas Pringle challenge against ESM treaty

The Independent TD had challenged the ESM Treaty, arguing that it involved a loss of sovereignty for Ireland and needed a referendum.

# esm - Friday 27 July, 2012

Explainer: Why is Spain under so much financial pressure?

The cost of borrowing for Spain keeps getting higher – fuelling rumours of needing a full-on bailout.

Spain ‘discussed €300bn bailout with Germany’ – Reuters report

Reuters says a Spanish minister broached the idea on Tuesday. If they’re right, Ireland could be hit with a bill for €4.77 billion.

# esm - Thursday 26 July, 2012

ECJ to rule on whether permanent Euro bailout fund is legal

The Supreme Court has asked the European Court of Justice for clarity after a legal challenge from TD Thomas Pringle.

# esm - Monday 9 July, 2012

The Evening Fix: Monday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

# esm - Friday 29 June, 2012

Gilmore says new eurozone deal is a 'game-changer' for Ireland

The Tánaiste has also said that it reduces the chances of Ireland needed a second bailout.

# esm - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Explainer: Have Spain and Italy been 'bailed out'?

Germany has reportedly relented and will allow the ESM to buy bonds directly, which could save Spain and Italy.

# esm - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Spanish bailout: what we know so far

An essential round-up of the details to date of the Spanish bailout, from interest rates to lending conditions.

# esm - Saturday 9 June, 2012

Noonan welcomes Spanish request for banking bailout

But will Ireland have to contribute to the bailout?

# esm - Sunday 3 June, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Every morning, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

# esm - Saturday 2 June, 2012

Government will ask TDs to ratify ESM Treaty this week

Bolstered by the Yes vote in the Fiscal Compact, TDs will vote this week on ratifying Ireland’s participation in the ESM.

# esm - Friday 1 June, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday

Every morning, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

# esm - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

High Court dismisses Doherty complaint against Referendum Commission

The High Court rules that there is not sufficient clarity between Irish and EU laws about how countries ratify certain measures.

SF welcomes High Court's agreement on 'legitimate room for debate'

Gerry Adams says the court’s findings are “a far leap” from the Yes side’s belief that the ESM was “set in stone”.

Court to rule on Pearse Doherty’s challenge against Referendum Commission comments

Doherty claims that the Referendum Commission changed its stance on Ireland’s veto of the ESM – and did not seek equal publicity for its second statement. The Commission rejects the claims.

# esm - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Referendum roundup: 2 days to go

Austerity treaty, stability treaty or somewhere in between? keeps you up to date with our evening Fiscal Compact referendum bulletin.

High Court dismisses first part of Sinn Féin challenge to Referendum Commission

The High Court will hold a special late-night sitting this evening to hear the second part of Sinn Féin’s call for a judicial review.

# esm - Monday 28 May, 2012

Referendum roundup: 3 days to go

Austerity treaty, stability treaty, or somewhere in between? keeps you up to date with our evening Fiscal Compact referendum bulletin.

A 'Yes' vote likely says poll of small firm owners

Small Firms Association survey states that 83 per cent believe a yes vote likely but members would welcome a growth package.

Column: I've always fought for those who have the least. That's why I'm voting Yes.

Writing for, Independent Senator Katherine Zappone explains why she has decided to vote Yes in Thursday’s referendum.

# esm - Friday 25 May, 2012

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Referendum roundup: 6 days to go

Austerity treaty, stability treaty or somewhere in between? keeps you up to date with our evening Fiscal Compact referendum bulletin.

# esm - Thursday 24 May, 2012

Referendum roundup: 7 days to go

Austerity treaty, stability treaty or somewhere in between? keeps you up to date with our evening Fiscal Compact referendum bulletin.

# esm - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Large majority of voters in favour of referendum on ESM treaty

A Red C poll commissioned by the pan-European ‘EU Democrats’ shows 72 per cent of voters would like a referendum.

# esm - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

TD brings legal challenge against ESM treaty

Thomas Pringle agreed a timetable to exchange documents with the State during a filing yesterday.

# esm - Sunday 20 May, 2012

Eurobond plan won't delay referendum, says Noonan

Meanwhile, Pearse Doherty says Sinn Féin would be interested in eurobonds – depending on the terms involved.

# esm - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

Noonan says rejecting EU treaty would be 'dangerous' for Ireland

The Finance Minister told the Bloomberg Economic Summit in Dublin today that Ireland should send a positive message to Europe by voting Yes.

# esm - Friday 4 May, 2012

Referendum Commission responds to MEP's complaint over booklet

Socialist MEP Paul Murphy had made a complaint to the Commission over claims in its referendum guide about Ireland’s access to European Stability Mechanism funding if Ireland votes No.