Funding and Debt Management

The NTMA is responsible for borrowing on behalf of the Government and managing the National Debt in order to ensure liquidity for the Exchequer and to minimise the interest burden over the medium term.

In this section of the website you will find information about Ireland’s debt profile and the NTMA’s short and long-term borrowing programmes. This section also contains information about the Irish economy and the public finances as well as some useful links to other official sources of information.

In addition to its core functions of borrowing for the Exchequer and debt management, the NTMA Funding and Debt Management Directorate performs a number of other functions:

  • carrying out treasury operations on behalf of the National Asset Management Agency and the National Pensions Reserve Fund;
  • providing a Central Treasury Service for State bodies and local authorities;
  • managing the assets of the Dormant Accounts Fund;
  • operating the Credit Institutions (Eligible Liabilities Guarantee) Scheme 2009;
  • borrowing on behalf of the Housing Finance Agency under its €6 billion Multi-Currency Commercial Paper Programme;
  • issuing Agricultural Commodity Intervention Bills on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to fulfil a short-term funding requirement by bridging the gap between the making of agricultural intervention payments by the Minister and the recoupment of the moneys from the EU;
  • engaging in daily short-term cash management operations to regulate the level of Government cash balances at the Central Bank of Ireland. This is undertaken as part of the overall management of liquidity in the eurozone by the European Central Bank; and
  • purchasing carbon credits on behalf of Ireland as part of Ireland’s response to its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
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