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Brian Lenihan at a pre-budget press conference on November 12, 2010.

So many questions…

Karl Whelan writes:

Did the ECB communicate with Brian Lenihan on November 12, 2010? If so, why was this communication not referred to in response to the [FOI] request by Mr.[Gavin] Sheridan [of TheStory.ie] request?

Did the ECB threaten to withdraw funding from Irish banks unless Ireland entered an EU-IMF program, either in a letter dated November 12 or in meetings the following weekend?

What are the contents of the November 19 letter and why is this letter considered so sensitive given that it was clear to all after [Central Bank] Governor [Patrick] Honohan’s remarks on November 18 that a bailout deal was being concluded?




The ECB’s Secret Letter To Ireland: Some Questions (Karl Whelan, Forbes)

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

Christine Lagarde, the IMF boss who caused international outrage after she suggested in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that beleaguered Greeks might do well to pay their taxes, pays no taxes, it has emerged.

As an official of an international institution, her salary of $467,940 (£298,675) a year plus $83,760 additional allowance a year is not subject to any taxes.


Christine Lagarde, Scourge Of Tax Evaders, Pays No Tax (Guardian)

They’re back. Literally rolling out of bed in the Merrion Hotel and crossing the road to the Department of Finance.

1. Senior Economist at the European Department of the IMF, Johan Mathisen (left).

2. Assistant Director at the (IMF) and Ireland mission chief, Craig Beaumont (front left).

3. European Commission representative Nigel Nagarajan (left).

4. Director of Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission, Istvan Szekely.

5. Economist at the European Commission, Sven Langedijk (front left).

Troika Begin Two-strand Mission To Dublin (RTE)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)