January 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Talk to practically any investors in London and they will tell you Ireland is a shining example of a successful euro-area bailout program, a narrative that the country’s international creditors eagerly endorse.
So it might have come as a surprise when Finance Minister Michael Noonan said at a meeting with his euro-area counterparts this week that the Irish — and Portuguese — may get an extension on the maturities of some of their bailout loans.
This would help to reduce Ireland’s debt burden, of course. But why is it necessary if Ireland’s bailout has been such a success? The answer is simple: Ireland’s debt is not yet on a sustainable path, and the country needs more help to return to one if it’s to become the success story that many say it already is. Read more of this post