The ESRI, one of the most authoritative think tanks in the Republic, recommends in its Quartely Report that the Minister of Finance, Michael Noonan should frontload more than the €3.6bn recommended by the EU/ECB/IMF plan in the next budget, by up to €400ml.
One objective seems to be encouraging investor interest, which has been cautiously improving this year at a time when both the US and UK economies are weakening by, as Joe Durkan said on Morning Ireland this morning, developing a contengency against a worsening international trade conditions (upon which Ireland is more vulnerable than most) if the US continues to falter in it’s plans for increasing the President’s stimulus plan.
Dan O’Brien explains:
In the meantime as unemployment continues to rise the slowly strangling housing market continues to push default rates up and house prices unremittingly downwards…
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