In spite of repeated attempts, Rob Wright declined to offer a view on whether it was acceptable for the European Central Bank to decline a request to attend the inquiry.

Day two of the banking inquiry. This time its was the turn of Canadian Rob Wright to face nearly four hours of questioning from the committee about a (...)

Former director general of the Canadian department of finance Rob Wright told the banking inquiry he produced report on the Department of Finance which noted risks caused by government policy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Had advice from the Department of Finance on controlling overheating in the economy “been embraced”, it could have “helped facilitate the chance of a (...)

Rob Wright, a former Canadian secretary general of finance, addressing the banking inquiry this morning.

Click here for live blog coverage.A former Canadian government official who authored a report on the Department of Finance in 2010 told the banking in(...)

Brian Lenihan: The 2010 budget strategy memorandum was drawn up by the then minister for finance. Photograph Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance told ministers in 2009 they would have to tell public servants cuts to their core pay and allowances would be “once -off mea(...)

The option for discontinuing the Junior Cert was set out in a “secret” government budgetary strategy memorandum for 2010 drawn up for the then cabinet by the former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in October 2009. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The abolition of the Junior Certificate examination and its replacement with a school-based assessment programme was considered by the then government(...)

The Department of Finance told the then cabinet in a memorandum marked “secret” that without remedial action the exchequer deficit could grow to more than 14 per cent of gross domestic product in 2010

The Department of Finance warned ministers in the run-up to the 2010 budget that the viability of the State could be undermined by a soaring exchequ(...)

Then minister for finance Brian Lenihan argued that continued payment of child benefit to those who could afford to meet their own needs was “not appropriate in the current circumstances”

The government examined the abolition of child benefit for those on higher incomes in advance of the 2010 budget, documents reveal.Cabinet records ne(...)

The RTÉ drama stars Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey. He is one of a number of present or former members of the ‘Love/Hate’ cast in the drama. 2:11

RTÉ has unveiled details of its three-part drama about the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey which will be broadcast in the New Year. Charlie fe(...)

The European Central Bank (ECB) has declined to attend as a formal participant at the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Its president, Mario Draghi, has sai(...)

Liam Twomey: “It would be extremely bad manners for the ECB to refuse to attend the inquiry.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has a duty to ensure the institution appears at the Oireachtas banking inquiry, according to a seni(...)