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Just the Facts – Ireland Exits EU/IMF Bailout Programme

Background On the evening of 21 November 2010, the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen confirmed that Ireland had formally requested financial support from the European Union’s European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As part of this request for financial support, the Irish government had to seek […]

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Just the Facts – Budget 2014

Yesterday the Irish Government through Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, announced the details of the budget for 2014.  The Government has claimed that this budget will be the last of the austerity era with a package of spending cuts […]

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Just the Facts – Austrian Elections

6.4 million Austrian voters turned out to vote on the 29 September in the country’s general election.   As predicted by many media commentators, the current ruling two-party ‘grand coalition’ looks set for another term in government.  However, despite this success, Austria’s two largest parties lost votes to an array of […]

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Just the Facts – Preview of the German Federal Election

On Sunday, 61 million German citizens will go to the polls to elect a new parliament.  Never before has there been such interest in the outcome of the German federal elections but how much do we know about the elections themselves and what effect could the outcome have on Ireland? […]

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