The Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy has told the banking inquiry he could have counted the number of economists working in the Department’s economic division when the crisis hit on one hand. Image: Oireachtas screen grab.

The 2005 announcement of a review of tax incentives in the property market came after “the horse had bolted”, the Department of Finance’s chief econom(...)

Banking inquiry: The committee received a boost as the Government agreed to lift Cabinet confidentiality rules to allow a key witness, the former attorney general Paul Gallagher, to give evidence. Photograph: Getty Images

The alleged leaking of confidential correspondence from the Oireachtas banking inquiry is to be investigated by gardaí. The committee met in private s(...)

Kevin Cardiff: the senior banking official at the department on the night of the guarantee, September 29th, 2008, he is to appear before the committee on Thursday morning. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The banking inquiry is to meet today to discuss whether to pursue matter of the alleged leaking of official documents provided by a forthcoming cont(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath wrote earlier this week to banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch contending that Denis O’Brien should appear as a witness.

The Banking Inquiry will discuss a suggestion on Tuesday that businessman Denis O’Brien be called as a witness before the summer recess. The idea came(...)

Former chairman of the Irish Financial Services Regulator Authority Brian Patterson said the authority could have done more and “done it sooner”. Photograph: Getty Images

The financial regulator at the time of the banking crisis was engaged in “principles-based regulation with not a lot of intrusion”, former chairman of(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick Neary has told the Oireachtas banking inquiry he had “bought into a system of regulation that didn’t work” . In hi(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

File photograph of Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny has been called to give evidence at the banking inquiry, along with Tánaiste Joan Burton. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan are among 12 people sent letters today by the Oireachtas banking in(...)

Brian O’Donnell places the keys of Gorse Hill which he vacated on Wednesday, April 29th, in front of Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher at the bank’s agm. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former solicitor Brian O’Donnell is attending the banking inquiry this morning where Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher gives evidence. Mr(...)

Ciarán Lynch (left) and Pearse Doherty asking questions of Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has rejected a claim the bank blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika (...)