# troika - Today’s News
Fake it til you make it…
# troika - Friday 1 February, 2013
Deputy Stephen Donnelly is meeting the troika today – and wants our commenters’ input.
# troika - Wednesday 23 January, 2013
The Water Services Bill will begin its path through the Oireachtas in the Seanad chamber this afternoon.
# troika - Sunday 13 January, 2013
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
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.
Ireland’s bailout partners also want a more efficient judicial system.
The Troika also warned that Irish banks still aren’t lending enough to small businesses either.
A leaked European Commission report raises questions over Brendan Howlin’s plans to further downsize the public sector.
A leaked Troika document also reveals that the installation of water meters could be years behind the official schedule.
# troika - Friday 11 January, 2013
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Right now councils only have an informal requirement to balance their books – something the Troika wants addressed.
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 Troika and the Government had significantly different predictions for how much Ireland is going to grow over the next two years.
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.
A draft Troika report, obtained by TheJournal.ie, reveals suggestions that the Croke Park Agreement may not go far enough.
Leaked bailout documents reveal new Department of Social Protection plans to get longstanding jobseekers back to work.
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
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
The survey also paints a bleak picture about people’s belief in their own prospects for 2013.
# troika - Tuesday 18 December, 2012
The Washington-based fund affirms its stance that additional budgets during the year should be avoided.
# troika - Monday 17 December, 2012
The latest ISME survey of its members shows a slight improvement in satisfaction, but still wide antipathy.
# troika - Thursday 13 December, 2012
# troika - Wednesday 12 December, 2012
The agreement was made in a memorandum sent by Finance Minister Michael Noonan to the Troika.
The approval is seen as routine and may be the last extension, with the possibility of a withdrawal early next year.
Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you kick off your Soundcheck Day… (Sorry…)
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
The agreement came after 13 hours of talks in Brussels.
# troika - Saturday 24 November, 2012
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
Ahead of an anti-austerity march, Michael O’Reilly argues that Budget decisions are being driven by false premises.
# troika - Monday 5 November, 2012
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
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
The finance minister of Cyprus says the last few difference on a Troika bailout are “bridgeable”.
# troika - Saturday 27 October, 2012
The national president of Ireland’s largest voluntary, charitable organisation tells TheJournal.ie 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 head of the IMF’s mission to Ireland says selling a share in the banks to the ESM is a good idea for everybody.
Are the Troika still happy with Ireland’s progress? Let’s find out…
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
The release of further documents this week help to shed further light on Ireland’s bailout. But what don’t we know?
“There comes a point at which negative sentiment starts to feed on itself … we are clearly at that point.”
The Department of Finance has released the letter of November 21, 2010 where Brian Lenihan says: ‘We need help.’