Dr Peter Bacon, economic consultant and former stockbroker, wrote three reports for government on the housing market. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The slow march of the Oireachtas banking inquiry continued yesterday with economists Peter Bacon and Alan Ahearne appearing before the committee.Bacon(...)

Economist Dr Peter Bacon at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Economist Alan Ahearne, a former special advisor to the late Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan, is to present at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry in D(...)

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan warned proposals for compulsory redundancies ‘could provoke a serious reaction’. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Provision to introduce compulsory redundancies for civil and public servants had to be an option, the former minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, told(...)

Fianna Fáil has selected Cllr Jack Chambers to contest the general election in Dublin West. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Castleknock-based councillor Jack Chambers has won a resounding victory in the Fianna Fáil selection convention in Dublin West, defeating rival Cllr D(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor Jack Chambers has argued that the application by nine delegates to move back into Dublin West comes “at the eleventh hour” and goes against the party’s principles of one-member one-vote. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photograpy

An internal row has blown up between the two leading contenders to be the Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin West for the general election. Ahead (...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

John Fitzgerald, research affiliate at the ESRI, said that the ESRI did not draw the connection between the growth of a property market bubble and the risks to the Irish financial system. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times) 2:06

The ESRI failed to forecast the financial collapse in 2008, economist John FitzGerald told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today.He said the ESRI did n(...)

Michael Geoghegan, who succeeded Stephen Green as group chief executive of HSBC in 2006. Photograph: Alan Betson

The fuss in the UK over the appointment of former HSBC chief executive Stephen Green as a trade minister is in marked contrast to the equanimity that (...)

David Murray as late minister for finance Brian Lenihan in ‘The Guarantee’

The trial of actor David Murray, who is accused of assaulting a woman in Dublin, has been delayed after he mixed up his court date.Dublin District Co(...)

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(...)