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# troika - Saturday 20 April, 2013

From The Daily Edge Here is the week in news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week in news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: making it easier for everyone to be insolvent; Alan Shatter’s beliebers; Quinnsolvency and waking up the Troika in the middle of the night…

# troika - Friday 12 April, 2013

Updated: EU finance ministers agree to delay repayment of Irish bailout loans

All 27 EU finance ministers have now given a green light to extending the maturity of Ireland’s bailout loans by seven years.

EU and Eurozone finance ministers begin two-day summit in Dublin

Ministers will discuss extending the repayment dates of Ireland’s loans, and the aftermath of the Cyprus bailout catastrophe.

# troika - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Troika recommends 'giving Ireland seven more years to repay loans'

Proposals seen by Reuters, to be put to ministers in Dublin this weekend, would see extra time given for Ireland and Portugal to repay.

# troika - Monday 8 April, 2013

Gilmore: Water charges will not be introduced next January

The Tánaiste says charges won’t be introduced before meters are installed, and that won’t be done in the next nine months.

# troika - Saturday 6 April, 2013

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Kim Jong-Un clings on to his place in the Dáil Technical Group, pointing Phil Hogan at North Korea and Ireland nominated by troika for fantasy government awards.

# troika - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Cypriot banks brace for reopening with cash withdrawals capped at €300

Armed security guards have been posted, but there was no sign of customers queuing early for access to their cash.

# troika - Friday 8 March, 2013

IMF open to extending repayment date on Ireland's €19bn bailout loans

Christine Lagarde says the IMF has an “open mind” about allowing Ireland to defer its repayments if it helps end the bailout.

# troika - Monday 25 February, 2013

Rehn: Budget 2014 should not be eased after promissory note savings

The European Commissioner says the €1 billion savings should be used to eliminate Ireland’s deficit as soon as possible.

# troika - Monday 18 February, 2013

Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?

The government is seeking additional savings from the public sector, setting it on a collision course with unions. Here’s what it’s all about…

# troika - Thursday 7 February, 2013

The Evening Fix... now with added Facebook privacy

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Troika sounds warning note about Ireland's unemployment rate

While the troika was happy with the continued implementation of the bailout programme, it warned that “unemployment remains stubbornly high” and turning into a long-term condition.

# troika - Friday 1 February, 2013

Stephen Donnelly: I put your questions to the Troika. Here's what they said

The independent Wicklow TD met the Troika today, with YOUR questions in hand. Here’s what he was told.

What would you ask the Troika? Here's your chance

Deputy Stephen Donnelly is meeting the troika today – and wants our commenters’ input.

# troika - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Seanad to begin debating legislation behind water charges

The Water Services Bill will begin its path through the Oireachtas in the Seanad chamber this afternoon.

# troika - Sunday 13 January, 2013

Read in full: The leaked European Commission document into Ireland's economy

The full draft document reveals the Irish government’s fears about a mass boycott of water charges, criticism over the costs of legal services in Ireland, and Troika suggestions to cut public sector pay.

# troika - Saturday 12 January, 2013

From The Daily Edge This is the week's news... skewed Not The News

This is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Tinfoil hats to protect against interweb; abortion floodgates ‘like Guinness at The Gathering’; James Reilly a mystery to the Troika.

Commission: Legal services are still too expensive in Ireland

Ireland’s bailout partners also want a more efficient judicial system.

Irish banks are still very fragile - and the Troika is concerned

The Troika also warned that Irish banks still aren’t lending enough to small businesses either.

Plans to cut another 9,500 public jobs are 'too costly', says Troika

A leaked European Commission report raises questions over Brendan Howlin’s plans to further downsize the public sector.

Irish government 'fears boycott of new water charges'

A leaked Troika document also reveals that the installation of water meters could be years behind the official schedule.

# troika - Friday 11 January, 2013

The Evening with added Disneyland and Mila Kunis

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Commission calls for legal rules requiring Councils to break even Exclusive

Right now councils only have an informal requirement to balance their books – something the Troika wants addressed.

Half of proceeds from State assets sale must pay down debt - Troika Exclusive

The government is keen to use all of the money from the sale of State assets in “one shape or another” to fund job creation initiatives but the Troika appears more focussed on reducing the debt.

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Troika thought the Government was optimistic with Budget 2013 Exclusive

The Troika and the Government had significantly different predictions for how much Ireland is going to grow over the next two years.

New insolvency regime may not help troubled mortgage holders - Troika Exclusive

The Troika has raised concerns about the effectiveness of the new personal insolvency law that is aimed at helping the country’s many distressed mortgage holders.

Troika wants less pay, more hours for public sector workers Exclusive

A draft Troika report, obtained by, reveals suggestions that the Croke Park Agreement may not go far enough.

Government to hire private companies to find work for long-term unemployed Exclusive

Leaked bailout documents reveal new Department of Social Protection plans to get longstanding jobseekers back to work.

Troika recommends cuts to specialist doctors' salaries Exclusive

In a leaked document, the Troika suggests a number of radical measures to address the health service overspend including hiring specialists from abroad, cutting doctors’ pay and making savings on the cost of drugs.

# troika - Friday 4 January, 2013

Ireland set to beat EU's deficit target for 2012, says Hayes

The EU wanted the general government deficit to be under 8.6 per cent of GDP, but it could be under even 8 per cent.

# troika - Sunday 23 December, 2012

Poll shows majority want a new political party

The survey also paints a bleak picture about people’s belief in their own prospects for 2013.

# troika - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

IMF approves latest €890 million loan - and warns against mini-Budget

The Washington-based fund affirms its stance that additional budgets during the year should be avoided.

# troika - Monday 17 December, 2012

SMEs remain broadly dissatisfied with Government performance - survey

The latest ISME survey of its members shows a slight improvement in satisfaction, but still wide antipathy.

# troika - Thursday 13 December, 2012

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# troika - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Government agrees to close loophole preventing banks repossessing homes

The agreement was made in a memorandum sent by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to the Troika.

EU approves six-month extension of Ireland's bank guarantee

The approval is seen as routine and may be the last extension, with the possibility of a withdrawal early next year.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you kick off your Soundcheck Day… (Sorry…)