IrelandDebt

Ireland's Austerity Budget:
Not Likely to Avoid Default

Despite its planned austerity budget, the long-term solvency of Ireland is still in doubt. Simply put, the losses which Irish taxpayers must cover are larger than the nation's economy can support, making sovereign debt default likely even with a promised bailout from the EU and IMF.

ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged; Markets Await Word from Trichet

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged for a 20th straight month. Officials at the ECB in Frankfurt left the benchmark lending rate unchanged at 1%, Bloomberg News reported. The move was widely forecast by analyst and economists.

Ireland's Credit Rating Cut by Standard & Poor's

Ireland%u2019s credit rating was lowered two notches by Standard & Poor%u2019s, as the country prepares to offer a four-year budget aimed at slashing the deficit. "The Irish government looks set to borrow over and above our previous projections to fund further bank capital injections into Ireland%u2019s troubled banking system," S&P said, according to Bloomberg News.

Ireland to Overhaul Banking Sector as Part of Rescue Package

Ireland officially applied for a rescue package worth tens of billions of dollars from the EU and IMF in a bid to stabilize its banking system and avoid economic meltdown. The exact value of the rescue package isn%u2019t clear. Goldman Sachs Group (GS) estimated that it may total 95 billion euros, ($135 billion), Bloomberg News reported.