Tag Archives: Fiscal Compact

The Irish Economy – Out of one wood, into another?

This is a version of my column published in the Irish Examiner 8 Feb 2014. It takes a long time to recover from a banking crisis. If we were unsure of that we need but look around and notice that … Continue reading

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Ollie and the Rehnation of the EU….

This morning on Morning Ireland there was an interesting interview with Ollie Rehn, the EU commissioner for economic affairs. He dismissed the notion of coordinated austerity as being a problem, dismissed the ruination of the social compact, and generally displayed … Continue reading

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Holding my Nose and voting Yes

This is an expanded and linked verison of a column published in the Irish Examiner Saturday 12 may 2012. http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/a-reluctant-yes-voter-for-vital-access-to-funds-193627.html I have decided, very reluctantly, to vote yes in the upcoming referendum on the fiscal compact. I have previous expressed … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Compact and Ireland

I was asked to address the Oireachtas Subcommittee on European Affairs on the issue of the Fiscal Compact, and did so this morning (18 May 2012). Below is the briefing note which I forwarded to the members. We were asked … Continue reading

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Euro crisis will require some hard choices to be faced.

This is a version of an opinion piece originally published in the Irish Examiner Sat 14 April 2012. See http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/euro-crisis-still-very-much-alive-and-pressing-190499.html. It hasn’t gone away you know? The Euro crisis? Its back, waxing and waning. Italy struggles to raise money at … Continue reading

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Eolas: Knowledge is power on the Fiscal Compact

The below is a version of an invited opinion piece done for Eolas magazine, an information magazine for senior public officials. The fiscal compact treaty, an intergovernmental but not EU treaty, is in essence a further codification of the existing … Continue reading

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The €31b question : answered

And the results are in :                         76% of people DO NOT think there will be a meaningful deal on the Prom Notes, 17% DO and 8% dont know … Continue reading

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the €31b question

So another day and more discussion on will we/wont we get a deal on the Anglo Irish Promissory Notes…. What do you think? Here is a short poll, I will leave it open until 1700h today. I define “meaningful” as … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Compact, LTRO and sovereign debt

This post is a longer version of an oped published in the Irish Examiner Saturday 3 March 2012 So, another European referendum looms, with all that heat and lack of light that we can expect based on previous referenda. Expect … Continue reading

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Fiscal Compact Referendum : why I am voting “maybe”….

A number of people over the last while asked me how I intend to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the fiscal compact. At the moment  I am firmly in the I don’t know camp. I have previously blogged and written about … Continue reading

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