Seamus Coffey to head state's budgetary watchdog

Appointment comes as council has been warning Government on spending

21st December, 2016
Seamus Coffey, new head of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC). Pic: RollingNews.ie

The council was set up in 2011 as part ofIreland’s bail-out programme to assess the Government’s economic forecasts and fiscal stance, and to monitor its compliance with EU rules.

Coffey, who is currently on sabbatical from his position as economics lecturer in University College Cork, will replace Professor John McHale from January 1.

Martina Lawless has also been appointed to the council for a four-year term. She is an associate research professor at...

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