The national debt figure is a model of opacity.
You have the Net National Debt, which is gross debt less lquid resources available to redeem the debt. That is the figure used in the clock. They way it is calculated is to take the opening balance of 50.4B (here ntma.ie/IrishEconomy/publicFinances.php) to work out the debt at the end of the year and increment between the two.
Alternatively, there is a standard european definition, General Government Debt, which is higher as it does not allow the netting of liquid resources, so think it is a bit unrealistic.
The NTMA put the national debt at €65.3B which is 5B more that you would expect (and the click shows) at the end June 2009 but dont really provide clarity about what this comprises - ie is it timing differences in tax, money raised for the banks etc etc. Any clarity would be welcome.
The debt per worker is the debt per employee based on the employed numbers oer the quarterly household survey. (cso.ie/releasespublications/ … t/qnhs.pdf). For clarity it is per working person and not the labour force. It does increment, just far more slowly as the movement is 2millionths of the total number.
The live register is based on the June number adding 13k per month.
The gov income expenditure is based on the April estimates (budget.gov.ie/2009SupApril09/en/ … 9-2013.pdf)
Anyway, any suggestions on what whould be included, excluded, corrected etc etc welcome.