Ireland may seek seat at ECB top table

Ireland is likely to pitch for a seat on the executive board of the European Central Bank (ECB) when a vacancy arises at the end of May.

Speculation is growing that a candidate will be put forward by the government for a seat left vacant by the retirement of Finnish member Sirkka Hamalainen.

The Department of Finance has declined to comment on a possible candidate.

However, Irish finance minister Charlie McCreevy said last year that all eurozone countries should have a seat on the board in due c