Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (168)

Joe Higgins


168. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Finance the total of the national debt; and the amount of the total debt accounted for by loans from the troika agencies. [23247/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

General Government debt is the standard measure of Government debt used for comparative purposes throughout the European Union.  At the end of 2013, general Government debt stood at an estimated €202.9 billion or 123.7 per cent of GDP. A breakdown of the composition of general Government debt is available on page 17 of Ireland's Stability Programme April 2014 Update. The breakdown shows that of the €202.9 billion general Government debt at end-2013, loans provided under the EU/IMF Programme accounted for just under €67 billion or one third of the overall total.