Former taoiseach Brian Cowen (left) with  late former minister for finance Brian Lenihan. Mr Cowen has studiously avoided discussing his actions on the night of the bank guarantee, and indeed his role has been obscured by the concept of collective responsibility which pertains to cabinet government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The main objection advanced by opponents of the banking inquiry was that, after two reports, several court cases and acres of news print, there really(...)

 IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: “As a principle, collective endeavours are welcome but at the same time a debt is a debt and it is a contract.”  Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo. 3:13

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has given a cool response to the idea of a European conference to ease the debt bur(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, vividly recalls the early morning telephone call from then minister for finance Brian Lenihan informing her that the government had decided overnight to guarantee the Irish banks. Photograph:  Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 3:13

Christine Lagarde offered me a date. No, this isn’t a reference to the interview the International Monetary Fund managing director has given. She is s(...)

Charles Haughey greets Geraldine Kennedy at the 1983 Fianna Fáil ardfheis. She had earlier been advised that her security could not be guaranteed at the event. Photograph: Jack McManus

Charlie is the political thriller about contemporary Ireland. For anyone who lived through even some of the Haughey years –from the mid-1960s, 1970, t(...)

The concluding episode of Charlie revealed Haughey growing ever-more obsessed with his legacy as the narrative also sought to explain the man behind the image. Photgraph: Patrick Redmond

Charles Haughey famously, and with epic but characteristic self-regard, told the Dáil as he departed the chamber in 1992: “I have done the State some (...)

Patrick Honohan,   Governor of the Central Bank, arriving at the Dail for the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry – has estimated   that the banking crisis will end up costing us around €40 billion. – Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patrick Honohan, the Central Bank governor, calculates that the banking crisis will end up costing us around €40 billion. Michael Noonan, the Minister(...)

Patrick Honohan said then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan (above), had wanted to nationalise Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society “there and then” and was against covering subordinated debt but was “overruled on the night” by a more senior politician. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It was showtime at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday. After a couple of quiet performances before Christmas involving Peter Nyberg and Rob(...)

Sean Doherty (right) with President Patrick Hillery and Charles Haughey (centre). Photograph: The Irish Times.

The daughter of former minister for justice Seán Doherty has criticised his depiction in the TV series Charlie. Rachel Doherty said the series about t(...)

Brian Lenihan, who was minister for finance on the night of the bank guarantee: the notes include minutes from two meetings held on September 29th, 2008, in Government Buildings

Bank guarantee notes The Department of Finance is considering whether to give the Oireachtas banking inquiry two notes from the night of the bank guar(...)

Jean-Claude Trichet: warned ex-taoiseach Brian Cowen of the consequences of the blanket bank guarantee in a previously unseen 2008 letter released under Freedom of Information. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet warned ex-taoiseach Brian Cowen of the consequences of the blanket bank guarantee in a previously unseen 2008(...)