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In other news: Central Bank steps up its cash support to Irish banks financed by institution printing own money - Irish, Business - Independent.ie
A spokesman for the ECB said the Irish Central Bank is itself creating the money it is lending to banks, not borrowing cash from the ECB to fund the payments. The ECB spokesman said the Irish Central Bank can create its own funds if it deems it appropriate, as long as the ECB is notified.

News that money is being created in Ireland will feed fears already voiced this week by ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet that inflation is a potential concern for the eurozone.

However, a source at the ECB said the European bank is comfortable that the amounts involved are small enough not to be systemically significant. The ECB has been lending money to banks in Ireland at just 1pc, as long as the banks can put up acceptable collateral.

Incidentally, this answers my question Can the Eurozone National Central Banks create fiat Euros by themselves? in the affirmative. Yes, they can!

Zero Hedge is, of course, all excited about this: Accelerating Deposit Flight In Ireland Forces Irish Central Bank To Print Money Independent Of ECB

It appears that Irish savers are sufficiently smart to realize that their money is no longer safe in a banking system whose existence is now only backstopped merely from referendum to referendum. As it is very unclear what will happen to the IMF/ECB rescue mechanism once the Irish election is held in March, with a material possibility that the whole plan will be unwound, leaving the country's financial system in the wind, a behind the scenes bank run is accelerating. Incidentally while this was the topic of the December letter by Guggenheim's Scott Minerd, which we discussed in a post titled "Scott Minerd's Detailed Pre-Mortem On What Europe's Bank Run Will Look Like, And Other Observations", his just released January missive deals with precisely the same topic (see chart below). So faced with the prospect of accelerating deposit redemptions, what does the Irish Central Bank go ahead and do? According to the Independent it has gone ahead and proceeded with that traditional recourse to all regimes in the bring: print money.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 18th, 2011 at 11:04:28 AM EST
Now the question is: Will Spain do that if Germany starting acting like super-evil and forces the ECB to shut down Spanish liquidity operations or else? Or will Spain accept another suicide austerity mission.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Tue Jan 18th, 2011 at 11:09:14 AM EST
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Zero Hedge talks of deposit flight. There is no such thing as a bank safe against a deposit flight, even a central bank. Is Ireland going to need to institute capital controls to save its central bank?

Back in November we were considering the "ridiculous" claim that the Irish government had to accept the bailout that was forced on them because the State didn't have enough cash in hand even for a Good Bank/Bad Bank restructuring of its banking sector. As JakeS remarked back then:

Surely they have enough liquid assets to cover all domestic depositors?

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 18th, 2011 at 11:58:28 AM EST
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