Tánaiste calls on Trichet to give evidence at banking inquiry

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has warned austerity hawks that Ireland will not be treated like an "economic experiment".

Tánaiste calls on Trichet to give evidence at banking inquiry

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has warned austerity hawks that Ireland will not be treated like an "economic experiment".

Mr Gilmore said the €3.1bn in Budget cuts for next year, demanded by the Troika, should be scaled back.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he said the full €3.1bn in cuts "is not needed to meet Ireland's deficit target" and he said "investors will not question our commitment to financial discipline if it eases up in 2014".

The Tánaiste also called on Jean Claude Trichet to give evidence at the forthcoming banking inquiry, because he was the ECB chief at the time of the economic crash.

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