- Total external assets of banks resident in Ireland stood at €303 billion at the end of Q2 2016, a decrease of 12 per cent year on year.
- Total external liabilities of resident banks as at the end of the first quarter totalled €289 billion, down 14 per cent from the previous year.
- Loans and deposits are the predominant instrument type, accounting for approximately 60 per cent of both total external assets and total external liabilities at the end of Q2 2016.
Total External Assets
Total external assets of banks resident in Ireland stood at €303 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2016, down 12 per cent from the previous year. Domestic market banks accounted for €81.4 billion, or 27 per cent, of total external assets (Chart 1).
External holdings of debt securities totaled €85 billion at the end of Q2, a reduction of 14 per cent over the year. Securities held by domestic banks stood at €17.7 billion while IFSC banks accounted for the remaining €67.3 billion. Approximately €28 billion, or 42 per cent, of total external debt securities held by IFSC banks were issued by the government sector (Chart 2).
Total external loans and deposits (assets), which account for 59 per cent of external assets, stood at €178 billion at the end of Q2, a decrease of 14 per cent since Q2 2015. The United Kingdom was the largest counterparty country accounting for approximately €68.5 billion or 38 per cent of total external loans and deposits (Table 1).
Total External Liabilities
Total external liabilities of resident banks at the end of Q2 stood at €289 billion, a decrease of 14 per cent since Q2 2015. IFSC banks accounted for €224 billion, or 78 per cent, of total external liabilities (Chart 3).
The market value of debt securities issued was €41.8 billion at the end of Q2 2016 with IFSC banks issuing 85 per cent of these liabilities. Non-resident banks were the largest holder of IFSC issued debt securities holding €21 billion or 58 per cent of the total external securities issued (Chart 4).
External loans and deposits (liabilities) stood at €174 billion at end Q2 2016, representing 60 per cent of total external liabilities. The United Kingdom was the largest counterparty country for these loans and deposits, accounting for approximately 28 per cent of the total amount outstanding (Table 2).
The data and explanatory notes can be accessed at:
 Domestic market banks are banks that have a significant level of retail business with Irish households and NFCs, and would exclude the more internationally focused banks in the IFSC. A full list of these institutions is available on the Central Bank of Ireland website. Credit Unions are excluded from this set of statistics.