COMMENT: Successful debt issue key for NTMA

Foreign confidence in Ireland contrasts with pessimism at home. But if the positive mood towards us can be maintained we will sail out of the bailout. It is a big if, writes Cliff Taylor.

11th March, 2013
Cliff Taylor: reporting on government bonds was seen as a tedious job for the office dogsbody.

One of the first jobs I was given when I started working on a daily newspaper finance section many years ago was to ring the stockbroking desks that traded in government bonds every day to see how things were going.

This was back in the days of the Irish pound, of course, and there was an active trade in our debt, even if, from a journalistic point of view, reporting on it was seen as...

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