Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

Michael Fingleton led INBS for 38 years before resigning in March 2009. This was one year before the first of two recapitalisations of the institution by the State, involving a bailout of €5.4 billion.

Former Irish Nationwide Building Society chief Michael Fingleton has been directed to appear before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on September 2nd. T(...)

‘Larry Goodman’s fortune in the 1980s was built on his brilliant and relentless use of the massive EU and State subsidies available to the beef industry.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

I have never taken LSD but Irish politics reminds me that I don’t need to. The flashbacks to bad trips keep coming without chemical assistance. A liti(...)

Hours after the sale of Clerys went through last Friday, the High Court appointed Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson of KPMG as joint provisional li(...)

‘The IBRC controversy opens a window into the way big borrowers deal with banks – a world in which terms are negotiated and loans are restructured. Whatever the reality of “deals” on offer to big borrowers, it is all very different from the structured way in which most of us deal with “the bank”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The political debate arising from the IBRC controversy has focused on the detail, including the Siteserv sale, the Dáil statements about Denis O’Brien(...)

Listen up: The Rossmeister speaks, in his new weekly audio column

There’s something different about my old man. There’s something definitely different about him – I just can’t put my finger on it. “So,” he goes, “wha(...)

The cost, in time and money, of establishing a new political party is horrendous. This harsh reality and the uncertainty of the public’s response enco(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

Department of Finance secretary general Kevin Moran had intended to say sorry to the committee for “inadvertently providing it with incorrect information in the written and oral evidence we provided”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Department of Finance has been prevented from giving evidence before the Public Accounts Committee. Officials from Michael Noonan’s department ha(...)

At last, blood from a stone

With considerable reluctance, a commission of investigation has been appointed by the Government to examine the disposal of assets and the treatment o(...)