Answered on May 28, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance the overall current level of debt here; and if he will categorise the different debt amounts.
Reply from Minister Michael Noonan: The most recent period for which data is available on the general government debt is the last quarter of 2012. A detailed breakdown of the composition of general government debt and resultant pie chart is available on page 24 of the Irish Stability Programme April 2013 Update. The corresponding data requested by the Deputy is listed in the table above.
Source: Department of Finance, NTMA and CSO
Note: In February 2013 the promissory note commitment was replaced by a portfolio of government bonds. The effect of this exchange (excluding costs related to the whole transaction) is to replace the promissory note debt with government bond debt, with no immediate effect on the general government debt.
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