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12th IMF Review December 2013

(December 19, 2013)
TWELFTH REVIEW UNDER THE EXTENDED ARRANGEMENT AND PROPOSAL FOR POST-PROGRAM MONITORING
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : IMF

2010 Actuarial Review of The Social Insurance Fund

(September 20, 2012)
2010 Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund - KPMG June 2010
Categories : External Analysis,Pension Reform
Authors : KPMG

2011 Annual Report of the Pensions Board

(June 25, 2012)
2011 Annual Report of the Pensions Board
Categories : External Analysis,Pension Reform
Authors : Pensions Board

2012 Article IV Consultation With Ireland--Concluding Statement Of The IMF Mission July 18, 2012

(July 23, 2012)
This document describes the preliminary findings of IMF staff at the conclusion of their mission to Ireland under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : IMF

2012 Exchequer Tax Revenue & Debt Service Expenditure; Monthly Profiles

(February 1, 2012)
Details of expected tax revenue profile consistent with Budget 2012 forecast of €35,825 million. The Budget 2012 forecast for Exchequer debt servicing in 2012 is €7,407 million. Created by Department of Finance, February, 2012.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,Fiscal Fact Sheets,Taxation
Authors : Department Of Finance

2013 Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure (Pre-Budget)

(December 3, 2012)
2013 Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure (Pre-Budget). Department of Finance.
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis,Public Expenditure,Taxation
Authors : Department Of Finance

6th IMF Review

(June 18, 2012)
The 6th IMF staff report of the Irish bailout.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis,Financial Crisis,Policy Briefs
Authors : IMF

8th IMF Review

(December 20, 2012)
Ireland: Eighth Review Under the Extended Arrangement; Staff Report; Staff Supplements; and Press Release on the Executive Board discussion
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : IMF

A Strategy for Growth: Medium-Term Economic Strategy 2014-2020

(December 17, 2013)
Government of Ireland, December 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Absenteeism in the HSE

(September 10, 2013)
High rates of absenteeism in the HSE often attract significant media and political attention due to the associated costs to the taxpayer. In addition to a substantial sick-pay bill, absenteeism may lead to increases in agency and overtime costs as replacements are found for sick and absent workers. This sentiment was expounded in 2012 by Health Minister James Reilly who claimed that the high expenditure on agency staff in the HSE is largely attributable to high levels of absenteeism.
Categories : Health,Our Analysis
Authors : Redmond, Paul

Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Sharing

(July 25, 2013)
.Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Sharing
Categories : Budget and Troika
Authors : OECD

Acute Hospital Services

(March 14, 2013)
Clinical data on in-patient and out-patient services
Categories : Fiscal Fact Sheets,Health,Health Policy
Authors : Of Health, Department

Airline Competition In Ireland - Back to Monopoly?

(July 10, 2012)
For any country, easy and efficient access to others is an important contributor to its economy and quality of life. It is particularly so when the country is an island with no land or rail links to major trading partners or potential tourists. In Ireland, this was recognised by earlier governments, who established and supported the establishment of State airline and shipping companies to ensure that such access was available. But these became State protected monopolies, with high costs and at times indifferent services. Some of us recall being frequent users of the Dublin to Brussels service offered by Aer Lingus in the 1970s and 80s, where flight availability was limited, and costs for a restricted economy ticket often fell in the range of €600-800 or even more.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

An Assessment of the Draft Public Service Pay Agreement

(March 26, 2013)
The gap between current Government spending and revenue as measured by the General Government Deficit in 2012 was over €13 billion (8.2 % of GDP). We are committed to reducing this deficit under the EU Excessive Deficit Procedure to below 3 % by 2015. The pay and pensions bill accounts for 35 % of Government spending. If public sector pay and pensions were to be fully protected, the burden of adjustment would have to fall on non-pay current spending, capital spending or increases in taxation or some combination of these. While these items will have to bear a share of the necessary adjustment, putting the total burden of adjustment on these items would be either more economically damaging or socially regressive than putting some of the burden on pay and pensions. The proposed reductions in incomes over €65,000 are clearly progressive. However it is difficult to assess the impact of the reductions in overtime, premium pay and other allowances as the incidence of these will vary considerably in individual cases.
Categories : Our Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

An Assessment of the Draft Public Service Pay Agreement

(March 25, 2013)
This looks at the draft public service pay agreement and concludes that most alternative measures to the proposals are likely to be more socially regressive or economically damaging.
Categories : Our Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

Analysis of Exchequer Pay and Pensions Bill 2007-2012

(March 11, 2013)
Analysis of Exchequer Pay and Pensions Bill 2007-2012
Categories : External Analysis,Public Expenditure,Public Sector Reform
Authors : Department Of Public Expenditure And Reform

Analysis Of Fiscal Incentives For Retirement Savings

(October 22, 2012)
This report presents an analysis of fiscal incentives for retirement savings – models and redistributive effects – in Ireland and comparison with other countries who have well established second pillar pension systems. Published in October 2012.
Categories : Our Analysis,Pension Reform,Research Reports
Authors : Deloitte

Analysis of High Income Individuals' Restriction 2011

(October 21, 2013)
Report of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
Categories : External Analysis,Income Distribution
Authors : Revenue Commissioners

Analysis of the Impact VAT Reduction on Irish Tourism & Employment

(October 21, 2013)
Report carried out by Deloitte on behalf of Fáilte Ireland, examining the impact of the VAT reduction from 13.5%to 9% on tourism-related goods and services
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Deloitte

Appropriation Accounts 2012

(October 26, 2013)
Index to the Appropriation Accounts 2012
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : General Controller, Auditor

Aurora Colorado and The Importance of Social Capital

(July 24, 2012)
Social capital is that set of reflexes we absorb from our culture, religion, families and our ancestors. It shapes how we react to crisis and opportunity
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

Austerity - Measuring The Pain

(October 31, 2012)
A review of recent work on measuring the impact of austerity from the ESRI, with implications for how we view the pain it imposes.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,Our Analysis
Authors : O'Sullivan, Cormac

Average Length Of Stay (ALOS) In Irish Hospitals

(May 22, 2013)
The average length of stay (ALOS) in hospitals is often used as an indicator of efficiency. Reducing the time spent in hospital reduces the cost per patient and allows more patients to be treated in a given period
Categories : Health,Our Analysis
Authors : Redmond, Paul

Barriers To Outsourcing In the Public Sector

(January 9, 2013)
The present system of government accounting puts significant barriers in the way of achieving the optimum use of external service delivery.
Categories : Our Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

Bogs – When They’re Gone, They’re Gone

(June 11, 2012)
Since we first colonized this island about 10,000 years ago, we have engaged in two huge clearances of nature. The first was the elimination of the native woodlands; we cleared our natural endowment to such an extent that only a few solitary and meager residues remain. This loss only becomes apparent when one visits countries like the US and parts of Europe, where, by a combination of wisdom, courage and good fortune, they have conserved for their posterity great swathes of what nature created for them in their National Parks and Wilderness areas.
Categories : Other Documents
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget & Economic Statistics 2013

(January 1, 2014)
Department of Finance Budget & Economic Statistics 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Budget 2012

(February 28, 2012)
Presentation to the IPA by Mr Derek Moran, Assistant Secretary, Tax Policy Unit, Department of Finance.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis,Presentations/Conference,Public Expenditure,Taxation
Authors : Moran, Derek

Budget 2013 & 'Future Health'

(November 30, 2012)
Adjusting for our relatively young population, Ireland has the most expensive health system in Europe. The OECD ranks the productivity of the Irish health system 28th out of 28 and estimates that GDP could be increased by 4.8% if a series of reforms were undertaken. So there is compelling case on economic and health effectiveness grounds for addressing reform. The Government’s “Future Health” document is hugely significant in that, if acted upon, it will affect our well- being and economic and social performance like no other initiative. If we get it wrong, it will cause huge damage. If we get it right, it could be transformative in a positive sense.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Health,Health Policy,Our Analysis,Public Expenditure
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget 2013 - How Should We Deal with the Deficit in the Social Insurance Fund?

(November 1, 2012)
Commentary on the Deficit in the Social Insurance Fund.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Our Analysis,Public Expenditure,Taxation
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

Budget 2013 - Insights From Daniel Kahneman

(September 3, 2012)
We weigh losses far more heavily than equivalent gains, and we infer the general from the particular, rather than induce the particular from the general. These and many other features of our behaviour are elegantly documented in Thinking, Fast and Slow, authored by Nobel Prize winning Daniel Kahneman. In addition to loss aversion, he identifies the halo effect, anchoring, luck, the planning fallacy, optimism bias, the endowment effect and many other features characterising how we behave. They have considerable value as explanations as to how we got into such economic disarray, and provide some pointers as to how to frame the process of making progress. In this commentary, I summarise a few of the key insights, and their relevance to our situation in Ireland.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget 2013 - Progressivity of Irish Income Tax System

(September 14, 2012)
Key Point Based on the standard OECD measure Ireland has the most progressive income tax system (including social insurance contributions) in the EU.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Our Analysis,Taxation
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal,Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Budget 2013 - The Case For Periodic Instead of Lump Sum Payments for Damages Arising Out of Alleged Medical Negligence

(August 20, 2012)
Key Point We should move right away from lump sum to periodic payments in the case of medical negligence cases in Ireland. And this should happen before Budget 2013 is presented to the Oireachtas (Parliament) in December 2012. An excellent report explaining why this should happen, and how it should be done, was presented to the then Minister for Justice almost 2 years ago. Inaction will have many costs, not least that the Minister for Finance will have to find up to about €50 million right away that he (and we) can all ill afford
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Health,Health Policy,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget 2013 - Three Cheers For The Carbon Tax

(September 22, 2012)
Ireland is a pioneer in the implementation of a carbon tax. This has allowed us to avoid (more) increases in income tax which would have further reduced disposable income, increased labour costs and destroyed jobs. It is also facilitating us in meeting our very demanding legally binding obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provides support for the creation of new jobs in improving energy efficiency and growing the low carbon economy. We will continue to benefit economically and environmentally if we keep it in place, and increase the rate per tonne of CO2 from €20 to €25, as envisaged in the programme for government.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Chairmans Blog,Environment & Sustainability,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget 2013 - University Collaboration - A Modest Proposal

(October 10, 2012)
Suggestions to merge Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD) have been rejected. But they should emulate the US precedent and provide the facility for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to take courses for credit in each other’s programmes. This should be done across the board, with a minimum of bureaucracy and no fees transfer; the only requirements would be that students meet the necessary pre-requisites to take the course(s) in question, and that there is classroom or other relevant capacity in the receiving institution. It would help make the programmes of both universities more internationally competitive, and will encourage specialisation and scale in research; the whole will be more than the sum of the parts. The TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance and a few Higher Education Authority (HEA) bottom-up collaborative initiatives show promise, but to achieve serious economies of scale and scope, access should be universal. What is good enough for Harvard and MIT should be good enough for UCD and TCD.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : Convery, Frank

Budget 2013 – Saorview Switchover a Windfall for Government

(October 23, 2012)
By now most people will have heard about the switch to Saorview, whereby the analogue signal currently used to broadcast TV will be switched off at 10am on October 24th and replaced with a digital signal. What is less well known are the potential revenue benefits the switchover could have for the government. By freeing up scarce spectrum resources, the switch to Saorview paves the way for an auction of new mobile network licences that could raise €205 million immediately, and double that over the next fifteen years. Read this note to find out more.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Our Analysis
Authors : O'Sullivan, Cormac

Budget 2013 Economic and Fiscal Outlook

(December 5, 2012)
Recent developments, economic forecasts, and their impact on the Irish fiscal position
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Budget 2013 Expenditure Statement

(December 6, 2012)
Speech by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis,Public Expenditure
Authors : Howlin, Brendan

Budget 2013 Financial Statement

(December 5, 2012)
Budget Day speech by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Noonan, Michael

Budget 2014

(October 16, 2013)
Contains a summary of taxation measures, more in-depth taxation annexes, economic and fiscal outlook and an endorsement by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.
Categories : Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Of Finance, Department

Budget 2014 – Changes to the Standard Fund Threshold Regime

(October 17, 2013)
Presentation on changes made to the Standard Fund Threshold in Budget 2014, including its reduction to €2m from €2.3m
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Of Finance, Department

Budget 2014: The 9% Rate of VAT

(November 11, 2013)
This report analyses the impact of the 9% rate of VAT on tourism and employment. It is argued that directly reducing the taxation of employment would be more effective and less distortionary than the indirect method of lowering taxes on the consumption of goods and services that are labour-intensive
Categories : Budget and Troika,Our Analysis
Authors : Cormac

Budgetary & Economic Statistics October 2012

(October 11, 2012)
Part 1 contains budgetary statistics. The 2011 and 2012 voted expenditure figures are taken from the 2012 Estimates for Public Services, published in February 2012. Part 2 contains economic statistics mainly on the Irish economy with some comparisons with other international economies.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Department Of Finance

Building A New Relationship With The Private Sector

(May 16, 2013)
A speech by the Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr.Robert Watt, as part of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce SMART series on Thursday May 16th, 2013.
Categories : External Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : Watt, Robert

Chairman's Blogs: April 2012 - September 2013

(September 13, 2013)
Public Policy Commentaries Compilation.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

Comment on Results of SILC Thematic Report on Elderly

(August 16, 2013)
Young carry the can for elderly in recessionary squeeze. Seniors got more from the boom and have given less back as belts tightened in the bust.
Categories : External Analysis,Income Distribution
Authors : O'Brien, Dan

Commission On Taxation - Property Tax

(October 9, 2012)
2009 Commission on Taxation Report.
Categories : External Analysis,Local Government,Property Tax,Taxation
Authors : Commission On Taxation

Community Health and Welfare Services

(March 14, 2013)
Information on Medical Card coverage, other health service schemes and food safety.
Categories : Fiscal Fact Sheets,Health,Health Policy
Authors : Of Health, Department

Compare Your Country - OECD Economic Outlook

(March 2, 2014)
This is a link to the OECD website which allows comparison with other OECD countries on a range of economic and social indicators.
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : OECD

Cumulative Profiles of Expected Exchequer Expenditure and Revenue 2013

(March 5, 2013)
Cumulative Profiles of Expected Exchequer Expenditure and Revenue 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis,Public Expenditure,Taxation
Authors : Department Of Finance

Dail Electoral System

(September 24, 2013)
Convention on the Constitution: Fourth Report
Categories : External Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : On The Constitution, Convention

Debt And Growth: Is There A Magic Threshold

(February 17, 2014)
IMF researchers Andrea Pescatori, Damiano Sandri, and John Simon find no evidence of any particular debt threshold above which medium-term growth prospects are dramatically compromised.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : IMF

Design For Democracy

(January 1, 1986)
Many argue that change in our electoral system is necessary to improve the effectiveness of Government. This article (published in 1986) argues that more fundamental change is necessary and proposes the introduction of a separation of powers model.
Categories : External Analysis,Public Sector Reform,Working Papers
Authors : Roden Et Al

Design of a Local Property Tax

(December 6, 2012)
The report of the inter-departmental group on Property Tax design, chaired by Dr. Don Thornhill
Categories : External Analysis,Local Government,Property Tax,Taxation
Authors : Thornhill, Don

Distributional Effects of Austerity Measures: A Comparison of Six EU Countries

(February 28, 2012)
Study into the effects of increases in personal taxes, cuts in spending and reductions in public sector pay up to mid-2011 in Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and the UK. Key finding is that the burden of fiscal consolidation is shared differently. The scale of the adjustment in Ireland is relatively very large - at two and a half times the average adjustment in the other 5 countries and is also relatively progressive.
Categories : Debt & Deficits,External Analysis,Income Distribution,Working Papers
Authors : Social Situation Observatory EU Commission

Do The Benefits Of The London Olympics Justify The Cost of £9.3 Billion

(August 7, 2012)
The Benefits and Costs of the London Olympics
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis,Public Expenditure
Authors : Convery, Frank

Domestic Water Charges In Europe

(April 30, 2013)
Domestic Water Charges in Europe
Categories : Environment & Sustainability,Our Analysis,Taxation,Water Policy
Authors : Conroy, Niall

Domestic Water Charges In Europe

(May 1, 2013)
This note sets out data on the level of domestic water charges in Europe.
Categories : Our Analysis,Water Policy
Authors : Conroy, Niall

Draft Memorandum of Understanding March 2013

(March 28, 2013)
This is the review of the Troika Programme published 28 March, 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Dragon O'Sullivan Identifies Ireland's Critical Contraint

(May 25, 2012)
Living is about dealing with constraints – physical, economic, social, emotional, psychological and environmental. And a successful life is about knowing which constraints are critical, which are the ones we can do something about, and acting accordingly.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Our Analysis,Supply-Side Reform
Authors : Convery, Frank

Dublin Bus : Funding and Financial Performance

(May 13, 2013)
Dublin Bus : Funding and Financial Performance
Categories : Our Analysis,Public Expenditure,Public Sector Reform
Authors : Redmond, Paul

Early Childhood Education

(July 19, 2013)
This report compares the provision of early childhood education in Ireland to what is observed elsewhere, and finds that Ireland spends significantly less than other developed countries.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Our Analysis
Authors : Deshpande, Patrick

Earnings And Labour Cost Data 2011

(November 9, 2012)
Earnings And Labour Cost Data 2011. Central Statistics Office.
Categories : External Analysis,Income Distribution
Authors : Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland Autumn 2012 Review

(January 29, 2013)
Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland Autumn 2012 Review
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : European Commission

Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland Spring 2012 Review

(June 26, 2012)
The European Commission comment on the Irish bailout
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : European Commission

Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland: Summer 2013 Review

(November 1, 2013)
A joint EC/IMF/ECB mission visited Dublin during 9-18 July 2013 to conduct the eleventh review mission under the Economic Adjustment Programme. The mission found that programme implementation remains robust overall, even though domestic vulnerabilities and external risks remain important and will require on-going commitment from the authorities to reforms under the programme and beyond. This report by European Commission services provides a summary of the main findings of the mission, including an assessment of compliance with the programme conditionality, and an overview of challenges faced by Ireland ahead.
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Commission, European

Economic Forecast for Ireland Spring 2013

(May 6, 2013)
Economic Forecast for Ireland Spring 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : European Commission

Effective Rates Of Corporation Tax In Ireland.

(April 7, 2014)
This Technical Paper considers calculations for an effective tax rate on corporate profits in Ireland. This is done under three broad headings: using model companies; using official national statistics; and using company financial reports. Between these, eight approaches for calculating the effective tax rate on company profits are identified.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Critical Analysis,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Effective Water Pricing Is Key To Ensuring Supply

(November 11, 2013)
The recent water shortage in Dublin is largely the result of a policy decision the government of the day enacted in 1997; this decision shifted the costs of storing, treating and supplying water from the domestic water user to the general taxpayer
Categories : Our Analysis,Water Policy
Authors : Convery

Employment Earnings Inequality - Seminar Presentation

(November 19, 2012)
Employment Earnings Inequality in Ireland 2006 -2010. Seminar Presentation
Categories : Income Distribution,Our Analysis
Authors : Declan Jordan

Employment Earnings Inequality in Ireland 2006-2010

(November 15, 2012)
Report on Earnings Inequality in Ireland 2006 - 2010
Categories : Income Distribution,Our Analysis
Authors : Declan Jordan

Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure for 2014

(October 12, 2013)
Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure for 2014
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

EU Autumn 2013 Fiscal Surveillance Package

(November 18, 2013)
The EU Commission has issued its first ever opinions on each of the 13 Draft Budgetary Plans submitted by euro area Member States by 15 October, 2013. Four Member States (Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Portugal) were exempted from this exercise as they are subject to a macroeconomic adjustment programme, which already provides this budgetary information. The euro area fiscal surveillance is rooted in the 'Two-Pack' legislation, which entered into force on 30 May 2013 Ireland will be subject to this exercise in Autumn 2014 and the attached document sets out further information on the process
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : European Commission

EU Commission 9th review of Irish Programme April 2013

(April 24, 2013)
EU Commission 9th review of Irish Programme April 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : European Commission

EU Fiscal Governance: Issues for Ireland

(January 29, 2014)
EU Fiscal Governance: Issues for Ireland. IIEA 28 January 2014
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets,Presentations/Conference
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

EU Fiscal Governance: The New Rules

(January 29, 2014)
EU Fiscal Governance: The New Rules.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets,Presentations/Conference
Authors : McArdle, Pat

EU IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland November 2012

(December 12, 2012)
EU IMF Programme of Financial Support for Ireland November 2012
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

EU/IMF Memorandum of Understanding February, 2012

(February 10, 2012)
This is the Fourth Quarterly Review of the Memorandum of Understanding covering the period to December 2011) Created by Department of Finance. (10 February 2012)
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis,Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Department Of Finance

EU/IMF Memorandum of Understanding June 2013

(June 17, 2013)
Quarterly review of the Troika programme, published on June 13th, 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : IMF

Euro Area Economic Situation & The Foundations For Growth (slides from the presentation)

(March 21, 2013)
Presentation by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, at the Euro Summit, Brussels,14 March 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,Other Documents
Authors : Draghi, Mario

EUROPEAN ECONOMY Occasional Papers 167 | December 2013

(December 13, 2013)
Economic Adjustment Programme for Ireland Autumn 2013 Review
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Commission

Eurostat: Ireland Spent 29.6 % of GDP on Social Protection in 2010(35.6 % of GNP)

(December 3, 2012)
Eurostat - Ireland spent 29.6 % of GDP on social protection in 2010(35.6 % of GNP)
Categories : External Analysis,Income Distribution,Public Expenditure
Authors : Eurostat

Eurostat: Number at Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion

(December 5, 2012)
Eurostat New Release: In 2011, 24% of the population were at risk of poverty or social Exclusion
Categories : External Analysis,Income Distribution
Authors : Eurostat

Evaluation of EU VAT System

(April 20, 2012)
A retrospective evaluation of elements of the EU VAT System.
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis,Research Reports,Taxation
Authors : European Commission

Evidence On The Incentive To Work

(May 8, 2013)
This note assesses recent evidence on the incentive to work. It discusses the measures by which economists gauge work incentives and outlines the results of various empirical studies. Despite a relatively generous welfare net and the costs associated with working, most of the evidence suggests that the majority of unemployed people would be better off in a job.
Categories : Income Distribution,Our Analysis,Supply-Side Reform
Authors : O’Meara, Graeme

Exchequer Position For The First Half of 2012

(July 5, 2012)
Department of Finance presentation of the Exchequer Position for the first half of 2012
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets,Public Expenditure,Taxation
Authors : Department Of Finance

Exchequer Returns 31 August 2013

(September 19, 2013)
Monthly exchequer returns in Excel format. Returns are broken down in to their separate tax headings
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : O'Sullivan, Cormac

Exchequer Returns 31 October 2013

(November 27, 2013)
Monthly exchequer returns in Excel format. Returns are broken down in to their separate tax headings
Categories : Budget and Troika,Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Cormac

Expenditure and Outputs in the Irish Health System: A Cross Country Comparison

(October 1, 2012)
An analysis of the expenditure and outputs in the Irish health system and a comparison with other OECD countries. Ireland has the third highest expenditure in the OECD, and the report looks at whether the high level of spending corresponds to similarly high levels of output.
Categories : Health,Health Policy,Our Analysis,Public Expenditure
Authors : Redmond, Paul

Expenditure Report 2014

(October 16, 2013)
Contains the Expenditure Strategy, Expenditure Allocations 2014-2016, Ireland’s Public Expenditure Framework in Comparative Perspective, and 2014 Estimates for Public Services
Categories : Fiscal Fact Sheets
Authors : Of Expenditure And Reform, Department

Finance Accounts 2012

(September 30, 2013)
Audited Financial Statements of the Exchequer For the Financial Year 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Department Of Finance

Finance at Centre Stage: Some Lessons of the Euro Crisis

(April 3, 2013)
The author describes how EMU design failures contributed to the European financial crisis, and proposes a redesign of the EMU that includes fiscal and banking unions.
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis,Financial Crisis
Authors : Maurice Obstfeld

Fiscal Adjustment - Too Much of a Good Thing?

(February 8, 2012)
Almost everyone agrees that the fiscal accounts of several advanced economies are in a pretty bad shape and need to be strengthened. But how rapid should the adjustment be? At times over the last couple of years, the IMF called on countries to step up the pace of adjustment when we thought they were moving too slowly. This column says that in the current environment, some might be going too fast.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Critical Analysis,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : Cottarelli, Carlo,Director Of The Fiscal Affairs Department,IMF

Fiscal Assessment Report (Apr 2012)

(September 11, 2012)
This Fiscal Assessment Report assesses the macroeconomic and budgetary projections set out by Government in Budget 2012, including the appropriateness of the overall fiscal stance over the period to 2015.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis,Research Reports
Authors : Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Fiscal Assessment Report (September 2012)

(September 13, 2012)
This Report assesses the macroeconomic and budgetary projections set out by the Government in the Stability Programme Update 2012, and in advance of Budget 2013 and the appropriateness of the fiscal stance over the period to 2015. The report also considers the longer-term implications of compliance with the fiscal rules in the Fiscal Responsibility Bill.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : Irish Financial Advisory Council,Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Fiscal Assessment Report, April 2013

(April 10, 2013)
The report assesses the Department of Finance's official macroeconomic and budgetary projections in the context of Budget 2013 and the forthcoming Stability Programme Update. The report also considers the appropriateness of the fiscal stance over the period to 2015, and looks at Ireland's compliance with the fiscal rules legislated for under the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Debt & Deficits,External Analysis
Authors : Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Fiscal Assessment Report; November, 2013

(November 23, 2013)
Fiscal Assessment Report; November, 2013
Categories : Budget and Troika,External Analysis
Authors : Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Fiscal Devaluation

(April 19, 2012)
During the boom years, the competitiveness of the Irish economy deteriorated. Recovery depends on the restoration of our competitive position. When an economy becomes uncompetitive, a standard way of addressing the problem is to devalue the currency. Ireland did this in 1986 and 1993. But as members of a currency union this option is no longer available.
Categories : Budget and Troika,Critical Analysis,Debt & Deficits,Our Analysis
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal

Fit for Purpose? Progress Report on Public Service Reform

(June 17, 2013)
Fit for Purpose? Progress Report on Public Service Reform
Categories : External Analysis,Public Sector Reform
Authors : Of Public Administration, Institute

Fixing Our Broken Pensions - A Transforming Approach To Pensions Reform

(October 1, 2011)
This paper proposes the establishment of a statutory National Savings Fund (NSF) for supplementary pension provision. This would apply to all workers and wouldn’t differentiate between different types of economic status such as self-employed, farmers, private or public sector employees. The proposal is designed to deal with the problems in the existing system. These include the fact that pension coverage in the working population is too low with too many people likely to be dependent, either totally or in part, on the State Pension. Costs in the pension industry are too high. There is an unacceptable lack of transparency. Other problems include the reality that the funding of many pension schemes is inadequate and large public sector liabilities are unfunded. The different pension arrangements applying to people working in the public and private sectors are a source of social tension. In addition the current arrangements in respect of tax relief are in need of reform.
Categories : Our Analysis,Pension Reform,Policy Briefs
Authors : De Buitléir, Donal,Thornhill, Don

Fracking and Local Credibility in Ireland

(March 8, 2012)
When elected members of local authorities are faced with the possibility of a transformative development in their areas, they have two choices. They can initiate a process of becoming seriously informed of the technical, economic, social and environmental implications, engage on the basis of such information with key stakeholders and the general public, and then arrive at conclusions as to what the best way forward for their area is or they can grandstand with a rush to judgement.
Categories : Chairmans Blog,Environment & Sustainability,Local Government,Our Analysis
Authors : Convery, Frank

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