#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 8°C Sunday 29 November 2020


# troika - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Column: Here’s how the Budget could have been fairer

It was an exercise in macho posturing, writes Mary Murphy – but there are ways for the Government to boost our confidence in them.

# troika - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Eurozone leaders reach a deal on Greek debt

The agreement came after 13 hours of talks in Brussels.

# troika - Saturday 24 November, 2012

Aaron McKenna: As usual, Ireland only acts when we’re shamed into it

The death of Savita Halappanavar shows once again that we delay proper action until an international outcry forces our hand.

# troika - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

Column: 4 myths about austerity… busted

Ahead of an anti-austerity march, Michael O’Reilly argues that Budget decisions are being driven by false premises.

# troika - Monday 5 November, 2012

Greek parliament begins debate on latest €13.5bn austerity package

Parliament will spend the entire week debating the 2013 Budget, which will introduce another €13.5 billion in budget cuts.

# troika - Sunday 4 November, 2012

Poll: Should free travel for pensioners be means-tested? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should free travel for pensioners be means-tested?

Reports today suggest the Government is considering bringing in an income threshrold for pensioners to receive their free travel. Good idea? Bad idea?

# troika - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Cyprus close to deal on becoming fourth bailed-out Eurozone country

The finance minister of Cyprus says the last few difference on a Troika bailout are “bridgeable”.

# troika - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Interview: Stories like the 'corn flakes family' are true - SVP president

The national president of Ireland’s largest voluntary, charitable organisation tells about the increase in demand for services and the rebirth of Ireland’s community spirit. Listen to the full interview…

# troika - Thursday 25 October, 2012

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

IMF tells Europe: 'Deliver on your promises or Ireland is at risk'

The head of the IMF’s mission to Ireland says selling a share in the banks to the ESM is a good idea for everybody.

As it happened: Noonan and Howlin on the Troika's eighth review of the bailout

Are the Troika still happy with Ireland’s progress? Let’s find out…

Troika completes eighth review of Ireland

Ministers Noonan and Howlin to read out Ireland’s latest report card at noon today. Any guesses at what grade we’ll get?

# troika - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Lenihan letters: What’s been released, and what hasn’t

The release of further documents this week help to shed further light on Ireland’s bailout. But what don’t we know?

In full: Brian Lenihan tells the ECB why Ireland needs a bailout

“There comes a point at which negative sentiment starts to feed on itself … we are clearly at that point.”

Released: Brian Lenihan’s letter where Ireland asks for a bailout

The Department of Finance has released the letter of November 21, 2010 where Brian Lenihan says: ‘We need help.’

SIPTU president: Congress should not meet again with Troika

He will put a motion before the Executive Council of Congress today calling for an end to any further meetings with the Troika.

# troika - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Junior partners in Greek government set to veto latest Troika demands

Left-leaning partners in the coalition are rejecting Troika demands to make it easier to sack workers.

EU issues €3 billion bond to fund Irish and Portuguese bailouts

€1 billion of the funds – which were sold at an interest rate of 2.621 per cent – will be sent to Ireland.

# troika - Sunday 21 October, 2012

Noonan insists: No, the Troika DID demand that we repay the bank bondholders

After Stephen Donnelly reports the Troika shifted blame from themselves, Michael Noonan says: it’s Trichet’s fault.

Budget 2013: Noonan pledges no increase in income tax rates, bands

Michael Noonan says the commitments in the programme for government – not to raise rates or bands – still apply.

# troika - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Home help workers to march to the Dáil today

Hundreds of home help care workers and supporters to march to Dáil Eireann today.

Party delegations meet the Troika today

Delegations from Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are meeting the Troika this morning.

# troika - Monday 15 October, 2012

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# troika - Sunday 14 October, 2012

Gilmore rules out seeking extension to Troika's deficit deadline

Eamon Gilmore says the public wants an end to austerity – and not to have it dragged out for longer.

# troika - Saturday 13 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added German 'ah here'

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today. And yes, this picture does show cows, racing.

# troika - Thursday 27 September, 2012

94 per cent of workers better off employed than on the dole, says ERSI

The report contradicts a working paper from the summer that said two-fifths of families would be better off on the dole.

# troika - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Brussels approves latest €1bn loan under Ireland's bailout programme

The European Commission confirms water charges will be in quicker than expected – and calls for tweaks to benefits for the jobless.

# troika - Friday 14 September, 2012

EU leaders may discuss improved Irish bailout - but only after bank deal is finalised

Once discussions on the promissory note issue has been concluded, Ireland could get a more lenient deal – but it may be some time.

# troika - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

Property tax will only apply for half of 2013 - Hayes

The junior finance minister tells Newstalk that people “shouldn’t overreact” to the IMF’s suggestions on a 0.5% tax.

# troika - Monday 10 September, 2012

IMF: We want property tax of 0.5 per cent. Noonan: Nope, not happening.

OH, IT’S ON (well, kind of. It’s all very civil).

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

IMF turns up heat on demands for Irish bank debt deal

The latest IMF quarterly review says having the ESM take a direct stake in Irish banks is the best way back to the markets.

# troika - Sunday 2 September, 2012

New HSE chief: Cutbacks will 'absolutely' mean bed closures

Tony O’Brien also says the €130 million in cuts is absolutely vital if the HSE is to ensure it doesn’t run out of money.

# troika - Thursday 30 August, 2012

HSE's €130m spending cut 'will be vigorously opposed'

Health service says cuts have to be made before the end of this year if it is to meet budget targets set down by the government and Troika.

HSE announces €130 million in cost-saving measures to meet Troika targets

The agency conceded that it is inevitable that the measures will have some impact on frontline service delivery.

# troika - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Leaked EU report: Water charges to kick in from January 2014

Irish homes will pay water charges from 1 January 2014, Brussels says – far earlier than Phil Hogan had previously said.

Leaked Brussels report seeks Dole cuts to long-term unemployed

The European Commission says it’s disappointed that a draft document – raising the heat on Dublin – has been leaked.

# troika - Sunday 26 August, 2012

The Evening Fix: Sunday Need To Know This post contains videos

The Evening Fix: Sunday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

We asked for copies of the ECB’s letters to Brian Lenihan. Here’s what happened

With the letters back in the news today, we thought we’d publish the response to a request we made in April 2011.

Poll: Should ECB letters sent before the bailout be released? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should ECB letters sent before the bailout be released?

Michael Noonan has been asked to publish letters which allegedly bullied Ireland into its bailout. Should he?