European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi said today that when the controversial ’Trichet’ letters were sent, the ECB was providing liquidity to the Irish banking system equivalent to 85 per cent of Irish GDP.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has said the ECB will not formally participate in the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, as he defended th(...)

Industry players are looking for an easing of the criteria on loan to value ratios Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Loan to value (LTV) ratios are the talk of the town at the minute thanks to the Central Bank’s decision to publish new rules for lenders around home l(...)

Brian Hayes, MEP and member of the Enonomic and Monetary Affairs Committee, speaking at the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland National Conference, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish MEP and former Government minister Brian Hayes said today the Central Bank’s plan to require borrowers to have a 20 per cent deposit to get a ho(...)

Election winner Paul Murphy, now joining Joe Higgins and Ruth Coppinger on the bench behind Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy’s middle-class background and education might seem an unlikely background to being the newly elected TD for Dublin South West, with a soc(...)

Paul Murphy, Anti-Austerity Alliance,  prepares a speech after winning the Dublin South West byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy has won a sensational victory in the Dublin South West byelection.He defeated the hot favourite, Sinn Fe(...)

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance and Indpendent candidate Michael Fitzmaurice have recorded surprise wins in the Dublin South West and Rosco(...)

Polling stations in Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South West are open from 7am to 10pm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Polls have opened in the two Dáil byelections being held today, with campaigners anticipating a low turnout.Polling stations in Roscommon-South Leitri(...)

Dublin South West Constituency Profile: The numbers, and everyone working in the constituency, says the Dublin South-West seat is Sinn Féin’s to lose,(...)

Former MEP Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance canvassing in Tallaght yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The water pressure is very strong in Tallaght at the moment. But it has nothing to do with the pipes. There are allegations of lies on the doorsteps a(...)

Ireland’s European Parliament Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan at EU hearing today. Screengrab

Ireland’s European Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan confirmed this morning he had made representations on behalf of his constituents for jobs(...)