An overview of the economy of ireland
The Irish National guarantee, backed by taxpayer funds, covers "all deposits retail, commercial, institutional and interbankcovered bonds, senior debt and dated subordinated debt". The economy shifted from an agriculture to a knowledge economyfocusing on services and high-tech industries.
However, the economy continues to be highly volatile owing to the weight of multinational companies in the economy. Growth moderated to around 4. The Budget continues the investment policy initiated in under the national development plan.
Key priorities include tackling the high personal tax burden and improving national infrastructure. In lateIreland formally exited its EU-IMF bailout program, benefiting from its strict adherence to deficit-reduction targets and success in refinancing a large amount of banking-related debt.
The demand for housing caused some recovery in the Irish construction and property sectors.
As of 11 Octoberleaked reports of possible actions by the government  to artificially prop up the property developers have been revealed. Loose tax residency requirements made Ireland a common destination for international firms seeking to avoid taxation.
Higgins was re-elected by a large majority on October
Ireland economy growth
The construction sector, which was inherently cyclical in nature, accounted for a significant component of Ireland's GDP. The employment growth of the past that attracted many immigrants from Eastern Europe and propped up demand for property was replaced by rising unemployment. Irish electors voted to delete the amendment banning abortion on the national referendum held by the end of May In , amid growing international pressure, the government announced it would phase in more stringent tax laws, effectively closing a commonly used loophole. This was due to a housing shortage, especially in the Dublin area. The unemployment rate in Ireland dropped to 5. Since , a key part of economic policy has been Social Partnership , which is a neo-corporatist set of voluntary 'pay pacts' between the Government, employers and trade unions. By comparison, just before the Japanese bubble burst in late , construction and property development had grown to a little over 25 per cent of bank lending. At the end of July , the annual rate of inflation was at 4. While other European countries enjoyed fast growth, Ireland suffered economic stagnation. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit has led to businesses delaying investment decisions. As of 11 October , leaked reports of possible actions by the government  to artificially prop up the property developers have been revealed. None have occurred since. Continued growth of tax receipts has allowed the government to lower some taxes and increase public spending while keeping to its deficit-reduction targets. Economic growth was 4.
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