Blog Posts by Sean Whelan

← Older posts Newer posts →

IMF says structural reforms are key for growth

Posted on by Sean Whelan

by Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent The IMF has just published a new book by a number of its staffers called “Jobs and Growth : supporting the European Recovery”. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, identifies three priorities – a better … Continue reading

They haven’t gone away you know – the OECD’s tax plans

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Pay attention tax-dodgers!  The OECD people have been working hard on the issue of double non-taxation, and will be producing a slew of reports over the next couple of months. They, in turn, will feed … Continue reading

Games take bronze in battle for sport industry’s value

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan According to a new study on the economic impact of sport, it seems that the least economically important part of the sports industry is, er….sport. The European Commission is now trying to promote sport as … Continue reading

Compilation method changes to boost Irish GDP

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent @seanwhelanRTE Planned changes to the way EU countries compile their national accounts statistics could add between 1% and 2% to the level of Ireland’s GDP. The European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA2010) will come into … Continue reading

Peripheral bonds back in vogue after Irish sale

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan The NTMA sells €3.75 billion worth of ten year bonds, and suddenly they are all at it! Spain is to offer €242 billion worth of bonds to the market this year – Italy will seek … Continue reading

Chopra’s five lessons from the Irish bailout

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan In a survey article published by the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, 19th December, Ajai Chopra says “my involvement with Ireland over the past few years has been the capstone of a three-decade career at … Continue reading

A (sort of) farewell from the Troika

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Seán Whelan According to the European Commission, NAMA has sold 7,000 individual properties, raising €10 billion in the process.  It has also pulled in €4 billion in rent from its property roster.  And it has repaid (redeemed) … Continue reading

Back to the future – the IMF’s advice in 1999

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Given all the recent talk about the Government seeking advice on the end of the Troika bailout, here is some that wasn’t taken on board as the last century ended – the last paragraph in … Continue reading

Dull document masks budgetary dynamite

Posted on by Sean Whelan

  By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan A potential outbreak of revolution has been picked up on RTÉ’s early warning political radar system. On Friday the European Commission published a document with the reassuringly dull title “2014 draft budgetary plans of … Continue reading

Cash flow (Newbridge edition)

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Hourly reporting.  That’s what the Central Bank imposed on Newbridge Credit Union back at the end of July.  The regulator wanted to know how much cash was leaving the credit union every hour. Why? – because the … Continue reading

← Older posts Newer posts →