Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance if he will list Ireland's creditors and itemise the amounts owed to each creditor.
Reply from Minister Michael Noonan: Those persons/entities holding Irish Government debt would be considered Ireland’s main creditors. The most recent estimate of Gross General Government Debt is for end 2012, when it stood at €192.5 billion. The largest components of Gross General Government Debt at end 2012, as shown in the table below, were Governments bonds and EU/IMF Programme loans.
With regard to the ownership of Government bonds, while the Central Bank of Ireland is the registrar for Irish Government bonds, the manner in which they are settled and registered does not allow for the identification of individual holders. However, the Central Bank’s Quarterly Bulletins contain some limited information on holders of Irish Government bonds, disaggregated between resident and non-resident holders. Furthermore, the ECB announced in February 2013 that it held €14.2 billion of Irish Government bonds at end 2012.
With regard to developments in 2013, the Deputy will be aware that the promissory notes in respect of IBRC were replaced by €25 billion of floating rate bonds in February and are currently held by the Central Bank of Ireland.
The figures in the table are unaudited figures and take account of the effect of currency hedging transactions.
*These are the liabilities outstanding under the EU/IMF Programme as at end 2012 and take account of the effect of currency hedging transactions. A prepaid margin of €0.53 billion was deducted from the EFSF loan of €4.19 billion drawn down on 1 February 2011. The EFSF figure in the table takes account of this reduction.
**State Savings is the brand name used by the NTMA to describe the range of savings products offered by the State to personal savers. These products include Savings Bonds, Savings Certificates, Instalments Savings, National Solidarity Bonds, and Prize Bonds. State Savings Schemes also include moneys placed by depositors in the Post Office Savings Bank (POSB). These funds are mainly lent to the Exchequer as short-term advances. Taking into account the POSB, total State Savings outstanding was €16.3 billion at end 2012
***Of which, Exchequer cash balances and other short-term cash management balances accounted for €19.3 billion at end 2012
****In February 2013, €25 billion of floating rate Government bonds were issued to the Central Bank of Ireland in exchange for the Promissory Notes previously held by IBRC.
Source: NTMA and Central Statistics Office (CSO)