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In July 2013 the ‘Troika’ of the European Commission (EC) European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded its eleventh review of Ireland’s economic programme. its part, the so-called (and increasingly criticised)  Troika’ considered that Ireland's programme remained on track, glibly citing in evidence the fact that yields on sovereign bonds were  well below the levels of recent years.

The Troika’s report noted that in fact, Ireland’s recent national accounts data showed weaker economic activity than previously forecast. At the same time, ‘high frequency indicators’ (sic) had been more positive and the labour market showed signs of improvement. While unemployment remained high, it had now dropped to a three year low. 

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Éire (Ireland)
Head of State: President Michael D Higgins (from 11 Nov 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kelly (FG) (from 9 Mar 2011)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Fine Gael (FG) (United Ireland Party) with Labour Party (LP) (from 9 Mar 2011)
Area: 70,283 square km
Population: 4.61 million (2014)
Capital: Dublin
Official language: Irish (Gaelic) and English
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2002; previous currency, punt, locked at IR£0.79 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$53,462 (2014)
GDP real growth: 4.78% (2014)
GDP: US$246.44 billion (2014)
Labour force: 2.13 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 11.26% (2014)
Inflation: 0.31% (2014)
Balance of trade: US$5.00 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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