There have been  mutterings about a challenge to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should the party not win the Carlow Kilkenny byelection. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. For the Fianna Fáil candidate it was (...)

John Hurley appearing at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday.  John Hurley at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday.

Liquidating one of the Irish banks was “not an option” on the night of the bank guarantee in September 29th 2008, the former Central Bank of Ireland g(...)

John Hurley appearing at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday.  John Hurley at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday.

The European Central Bank told Ireland it must stand with its failing banks, the banking inquiry heard today. Former Central Bank governor John Hurley(...)

 Alan Dukes: was referring to Ms Nolan’s comments to the committee that there was a culture in IBRC “that never really recognised the damage they had done to the country”.

Former chairman of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Alan Dukes has accused a senior official within the Department of Finance of making “seriously m(...)

Former Governor of Bank of Ireland Richard Burrows has said the Government could have avoided a blanket guarantee if it accepted the € 4 billion from it and Allied Irish Bank.

Former governor of Bank of Ireland Richard Burrows has said the Central Bank had no plan in place if Anglo Irish Bank was to default.Mr Burrows, appea(...)

Former Ulster Bank executives Michael Torpey (left) and Robert Gallagher speaking at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday

The former head of corporate markets at Ulster Bank told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today that he has “no doubt” that the domestic Irish financial(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Andrews Resource Centre for the launch of the new Low Pay commission erlier this year .Photograph: Cyril Byrne /Irish Times

Increasing the minimum wage for low-paid workers in Ireland will have little or no impact on their net resources and living standards.The surprise fin(...)

Does Brian Cowen merit him being grilled for up to 20 hours when the executives who actually led the banks and almost bankrupted the State have only been required to spend about four hours each in the witness box?

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry resumes today with Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher appearing in the morning followed after lunch by Corm(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen: Expected to attend the banking inquiry during the summer and has been asked to attend the meetings over two days. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen will be called to give evidence at four sittings of the banking inquiry. The inquiry wants to hear from the former Fia(...)

The automatic number plate recognition system installed in Garda cars  cost about €6 million. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Garda has been forced to decommission a key element of a multimillion-euro road traffic enforcement system after it flagged almost every vehicle (...)