Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

The Central Bank was legally prohibited from providing emergency liquidity to an insolvent institution

A scoping paper produced in the Department of Finance in January 2008 considered potential guarantee options, nationalisation and letters of comfort f(...)

Brian Lenihan: any change to the terms of the guarantee would have required “further discussions”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government included short-term interbank deposits in its bank guarantee in 2008, despite a request from the European Central Bank president Jean-(...)

Patrick Neary: the then financial regulator accepted the bank guarantee was a ‘throw of the dice’. Photograph: David Sleator

Anglo Irish Bank executives still believed after the 2008 bank guarantee that it would be Ireland’s most profitable bank – just two months before it w(...)

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2009 and died in June 2011. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil TD has suggested the stress of the banking crisis may have contributed to the illness which killed former minister for finance Brian Len(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick NearyPatrick Neary arriving at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

2008 March 17th: St Paddy’s Day massacre as Anglo shares plummet 30 per cent in price. September 15th: US bank Lehman Brothers collapses. Septe(...)

When the late Brian Lenihan announced details of the domicile levy at the height of the economic crash in 2009, it was believed that hundreds of Irish(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, flanked by party colleagues,  waves to supporters after his ardfheis speech at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has used his annual ardfheis speech to attack Fine Gael accusing it of taking credit for the work of the late minist(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin canvassing ahead of the 2014 European elections. A guide for party canvassers says they should admit mistakes were made when last in government. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times.

Any advice for Fianna Fáil canvassers before the general election? For a start, try telling voters that the party did not cause the economic crash. A(...)