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Country Report Ireland August 1999 Main report
Summary--Ireland 3rd quarter 1999.
Outlook for 1999-2000: Prospect of early gen'l elect'n is receding --
Outlook for 1999-2000: Crisis in Northern Ireland
Outlook for 1999-2000: Join'g PfP w/o referendum may cause problems
Outlook for 1999-2000: Nat'l wage deal will be diff to negotiate --
Outlook for 1999-2000: Debate on budget 2000 begins --
Outlook for 1999-2000: Prospects for the world economy are improving
Outlook for 1999-2000: Growth will slow only marginally in 1999 --
Outlook for 1999-2000: Failure to agree
Outlook for 1999-2000: Inflation will be above the euro-zone average
Outlook for 1999-2000: Current account will fall into deficit in 1999
Political scene: Northern Ireland Agreement has been suspended --
Political scene: Strong economy has boosted gov't stability
Political scene: Electoral reform is back on the agenda --
Political scene: Fianna Fail performs well in local elections --
Political scene: European election focuses on national & local issues
Political scene: Attorney-general is named as European commissioner
Economic policy: TE privatis'n attracts huge Irish & overseas int --
Economic policy: Privatis'n & strong economy behind booming revenue
Economic policy: Gov't is determined to continue running surpluses --
Economic policy: Labour pressures grow for an improved pay deal --
Economic policy: Attempts are made to increase e-commerce
Economic policy: Monetary growth unlikely to affect interest rate
Domestic economy: Output & demand
Output & demand.
Output & demand: economic data point to fast economic growth
Employment, wages & prices: 1st qtr unemploymnt rate falls to 5.8% --
Employment, wages & prices: Falling unemployment
Employment, wages & prices: Headline rate of infla'n remains stabl --
Foreign trade & payments: Growth of exports shows signs of slowing --
Foreign trade & payments: Imp's fall despite strong dom demand growth
Foreign trade & payments: Current-account position unique
Foreign trade & payments: Surplus widens in the first qtr of 1999 --
Foreign trade & payments: Trade-weighted exchange rate dragged down
Quarterly indicators of economic activity.
Direction of trade.
UK trade with Ireland.