Republic of Ireland’s economic outlook remains challenging

Posted on April 10, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Publication cover - QEO Spring 2013
Cover image for QEO Spring 2013

The Nevin Economic Research Institute has published our latest Quarterly Economic Observer (Wednesday 10th April). In it we outline our latest set of projections for the Republic of Ireland economy. These suggest a period of low-growth and high-unemployment for the next three years and include:

  • Low GDP growth of 1% and 1.2% over the next two years, increasing to 2% in 2015;
  • a further shrinking of the numbers employed in 2013, by 0.6%, with employment levels remaining static in 2014 and 2015;
  • unemployment remaining at 14.7% in 2013 and marginally increasing to 15% in 2014 and 2015 as net outward migration releases pressure on expanding labour supply due to rising youth cohorts;
  • Ireland's gross debt peaking at 121.1% of GDP this year and reducing marginally in 2014 and 2015; and
  • While we anticipate that Government will exceed its deficit (or General Government Balance, GGB) target in 2013, given our current economic outlook, we do not expect Government to reach the 3% Maastricht target by 2015.

Commenting on these forecasts, NERI economist Dr Micheál Collins stated that:

"the depressed nature of the domestic economy combined with a weak international economic outlook, presents real challenges for Ireland achieving any form of sustainable economic recovery. Without growth, Government's borrowing targets look ambitious and call into question the feasibility of the adjustment path currently being pursued".

The Spring 2013 edition of the Quarterly Economic Observer is being launched in Belfast and also includes an assessment of the Northern Ireland economy, its growth prospects and the challenge of youth unemployment in Northern Ireland.

The document can be downloaded from here.

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