PARIS, France -- The following information was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
The OECD's latest economic survey of Ireland, to be published on Wednesday 4 November 2009, looks at the impact of the global economic crisis on Ireland and offers policy recommendations for reform.
Ireland has been hit harder than most OECD countries and is in severe recession following a long period of unsustainable growth. Irish banks have come under severe pressure with major support from the government required. Important steps to restore stability have been taken but more will need to be done as rising public debts require strong structural policies and greatly enhanced public service efficiency.
OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, and Ireland's Minister of Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, will present the survey at a press conference at 11.00 (10.00 GMT) at the Department of Finance, Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St., Dublin, 2, Ireland. For futher information or to register for the event please contact Owen Dorgan on +353 1 604 5636.
The survey will be available to journalists in English on the OECD's password-protected website on Wednesday 4 November 2009 at 11.00 (Paris time) for immediate release.
A Policy Brief with the main conclusions will be freely accessible in pdf format (in English and French) on the OECD's web site at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/ireland. You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the publication, by e-mail and under embargo, four hours ahead of release time. For journalists in Asia/Pacific time zones such advance access is allowed 12 hours ahead of release time.
The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect OECD's embargo procedures.
Requests to receive the survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org