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(...)

Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

From Fianna Fáill’s abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly’s revised package today, here’s a brief history of water cha(...)

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(...)

Jean-Claude Trichet: We have his letters, but we will probably never know exactly what former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said to Brian Lenihan. Photograph: Bloomberg

One of the many curiosities about the now infamous letters sent by the European Central Bank (ECB) to the Irish Government is that they are letters. I(...)

Brian Lenihan, the then minister for finance, and Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank: their correspondence from 2010 reveal that the ECB was calling all the shots.

The exchange of letters between the then president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet and the late Brian Lenihan reveals the then financ(...)

The basic shape of the bailout was already in place by the time Patrick Honohan intervened on “Morning Ireland”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Late one night in Brussels as the Irish bailout deal was being done four years ago, Brian Lenihan was asked about the surrender of Ireland’s economic (...)

Terry Leyden: ‘58 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party lost their seats’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Tánaiste says she hoped people would be able to speak more freely to the Oireachtas banking inquiry following the publication of the 2010 letter f(...)

 European Central Bank president Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt yesterday. Mr Draghi  told reporters   the decision to seek aid in 2010 was made by the then government on its own. Photograph: AP

The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a forthright defence of its actions in the course of Ireland’s bailout, saying domestic figures were respon(...)

Jean-Claude Trichet, left, former president of the European Central Bank, hands over a bell to his successor, Mario Draghi, during a farewell celebration for Trichet in Frankfurt in 2011.  Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images.

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has said the Government could use the so-called Trichet letter for “leverage” but prefers to use it as a(...)

Finance Minister Michael Noonan  attending the Eurogroup meeting of EU euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Photo by Peter Cavanagh

ECB chief Mario Draghi yesterday insisted that the bank did not force Ireland into a bailout in 2010, as he called into question whether it would app(...)