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#National Debt

# national-debt - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Ireland's national debt: 'We are arguably approaching a very serious crisis'

We need to immediately borrow €50 billion to replace the debt that is due to be repaid in the next few years, writes Colm Fitzgerald.

# national-debt - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Aaron McKenna: The opposition has missed the chance to expose the banking show trial

This ‘inquiry’ has no credibility whatsoever and a decent opposition would have resigned en masse in protest.

# national-debt - Friday 20 June, 2014

Opinion: Is austerity really a necessity – or do we have a choice?

We’ve been told that we have no choice but to accept austerity measures to get the country back on its feet… but is that really true?

# national-debt - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Markets wobble as US debt talks falter

Fitch has placed the US credit rating on a Negative Watch, as the stock market fell today.

# national-debt - Sunday 2 June, 2013

NTMA launches State Savings products

The National Treasury Management Agency has announced new issues of fixed rate State Savings products as well as changes to the interest rates on variable rate products.

# national-debt - Sunday 20 January, 2013

Column: Irish politics won't change until people demand accountability from leaders

A system of direct democracy would give people a more transparent form of government, writes Raymond Whitehead.

# national-debt - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

NTMA in talks with investors on selling new 10-year bonds

The body in charge of Ireland’s borrowing says it’s looking at trying to sell Ireland’s first 10-year bond since 2010.

# national-debt - Monday 17 December, 2012

Prize Bond prizes to fall as cost of borrowing goes down

The NTMA, which issues prize bonds, has lowered the rate it uses to calculate the overall number of prizes on offer.

# national-debt - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

NTMA chief: It's looking good for 'sustainable' re-entry to markets

However, John Corrigan does warn that “wider uncertainties” in the eurozone could be risk factor to Ireland’s progress.

# national-debt - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Cannabis, beer and T-bills: the week in stats

How high is Europe’s tallest building? And how many cannabis plants were seized by gardaí last year?

# national-debt - Saturday 30 June, 2012

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know this morning.

# national-debt - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

New social charge helps push income tax earnings up by a quarter

Exchequer figures show we’re collectively paying 25 per cent more in income tax since last year.

# national-debt - Friday 9 September, 2011

Column: ‘Won’t somebody think of the children?’ Ireland in the 2050s

Worrying about the debt burden on our grandchildren has become a national pastime – but should we be panicking? Economist Ronan Lyons explains.

# national-debt - Friday 22 July, 2011

Bond yields dive, and Euro up, as markets embrace Brussels deal

The cost of borrowing for Europe’s strugglers is falling this morning, after leaders struck deals on gentler bailouts.

# national-debt - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

European Commission slams "incomprehensible" Moody's downgrade

Jose Manuel Barroso’s spokesman says the Commission can’t understand why Moody’s is taking such a dim view.

Irish bond prices rocket - again - on 'junk' downgrade

If Ireland borrowed for two years, it would have to pay 18.6 per cent interest – 14 times what Germany would.

# national-debt - Sunday 19 June, 2011

Second Greek bailout "roughly equal" to earlier €110bn package, says PM

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou has dismissed calls to default on national debt.

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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know as you start your Sunday…

# national-debt - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Noonan: Ireland has enough cash to get to mid-2013 at least

The Minister for Finance insists Ireland has enough bailout funds to get to mid-2013 at worst – but the opposition isn’t sure.

# national-debt - Thursday 12 May, 2011

Call to revoke David Drumm's US visa

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to hear appeal that the government ask US authorities for help in bringing former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank back to Ireland for questioning.

# national-debt - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

"So far so good" for exchequer figures, Noonan says

The Minister for Finance says figures being published today will show the economy as being “better than on track”.

# national-debt - Friday 22 April, 2011

Greek authorities launch investigation into Citigroup email on debt

Email suggested Greece could be forced to restructure its debt as quickly as this weekend.

# national-debt - Thursday 24 March, 2011

Bond prices surge again after Portuguese budget defeat

The costs of borrowing for both Ireland and Portugal take a battering in the aftermath of the latter’s prime minister quitting.

# national-debt - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

AIB says payment ‘will be made’ following rumours of default on bond interest repayments

AIB insisted that “payment will be made” after a rumour that Ireland has missed a scheduled interest payment on its bonds sent the price of short-term borrowing spiralling earlier today.

# national-debt - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

In numbers: Brian Cowen's tenure as Taoiseach

As one administration takes power, another steps down – so here’s some condensed figures on the Brian Cowen era.

# national-debt - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

Irish bonds break all-time high – just after coalition deal is published

The price of government borrowing was higher yesterday than it was when we accepted the €67.5bn bailout in November.

# national-debt - Sunday 6 February, 2011

Bond fund suggests reducing Greek debt burden

Ireland should take note of major bond fund chief’s suggestions for Greece…

# national-debt - Friday 7 January, 2011

Ireland 'could return to bond markets' this year

The NTMA says it hopes it can bypass Ireland’s bailout funds – as the cost of serving our debt eats up 15% of the tax take.

# national-debt - Monday 13 December, 2010

ECB bought €2.7bn of bonds last week alone

So much for winding down the controversial bond-buying scheme… Frankfurt may have been the only buyer last week.

# national-debt - Sunday 28 November, 2010

Govt chief whip says bailout deal has to be approved in Brussels

Curran also dismissed Pat Rabbitte’s allegations that the pension reserve fund was used as collateral for banks trading on derivatives.

# national-debt - Thursday 25 November, 2010

Bailout fears take their toll: Ireland's bonds hit 9%

Fears over the future of Ireland’s economy, and whether a bailout can be secured, sends borrowing costs to new highs.

# national-debt - Friday 5 November, 2010

Bond markets unmoved by €6bn budget package

The cost of Irish borrowing remains largely flat in spite of the government’s Budget announcements.

# national-debt - Wednesday 3 November, 2010

Irish-German bond spread surges past 5%

The price of government borrowing for Ireland is now over three times higher than it is for Germany.

# national-debt - Tuesday 2 November, 2010

Insuring against Irish default costs more now than ever before

Bad sign: purchasing insurance against an Irish bond default is more expensive today than it has ever been.

Ireland has "a month to stop bailout" - UCD economist Bailout Republic?

Ireland has "a month to stop bailout" - UCD economist

First Colm McCarthy, now Karl Whelan says the movements in bond markets leave Ireland on the brink of default.

# national-debt - Monday 1 November, 2010

Borrowing costs continue upward spiral amid IMF fears

The cost of borrowing for Ireland goes over 7% again, as investors buy into Colm McCarthy’s fears of an IMF bailout.

# national-debt - Thursday 28 October, 2010

Government borrowing costs exceed 7% for first time Bond Markets

Government borrowing costs exceed 7% for first time

The cost of Irish borrowing is more expensive than ever – and briefly exceeded the 7% ceiling for the first time.

# national-debt - Thursday 21 October, 2010

Uh-oh: two days after reining in, bond yields explode again

The cost of government ten-year borrowing was under 6% on Tuesday. Today it closed above 6.5% again.

# national-debt - Monday 18 October, 2010

Bond yields dip under 6% on Budget consensus briefings

The price of ten-year borrowing for the government falls below the 6% mark as investors applaud consensus.

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