This weekend marks the formal end of Ireland’s emergency bailout by the IMF and EU, a milestone rightly marked by much introspective analysis, includi(...)

Enda Kenny: it could be unwise to make any ’mission accomplished’ statement. Photograph: PA

Three years ago the politics of Ireland’s entry into the EU-IMF bailout was disastrously handled. The fact that the government led by Brian Cowen was (...)

The late Brian Lenihan, the then Minister for Finance, telling reporters on September 30th 2008 that the Government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Most histories are ultimately about war. Even if they are not, historians will normally stage a fight about what really happened. There is little abou(...)

Anglo Irish Bank: default was imminent and it was felt that other banks would also soon be in deep trouble.

Five years on from the bank guarantee decision of September 29th, 2008, debate continues to rage as to the role it played in Ireland’s financial and e(...)

It may prove difficult to loosen the existing legal constraints on the publication of certain Central Bank records. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The pending return of the Dáil will refocus public attention on the planned Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crisis which is expected to begin work(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: concerned that  sensitive information 
– including the actual amount of the agreed budget announcement –
is being passed onto an unelected body while the Oireachtas
, and its Finance Committee,
 is kept in the dark
 about all details of the Budget until it is announced
. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance’s decision to provide sensitive economic forecasts to the Fiscal Advisory Council weeks in advance of the October Budget (...)

 Minister of State  Brian Hayes who is to discuss the management of the economy and public finances after the Troika leaves at the MacGill summer school this evening.

Rebuilding is the theme of today’s sessions at the annual MacGill Summer School. Reconstructing the banking system, creating a world class education s(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking to Colin Murphy, writer of Guaranteed, at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire this week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen CollinsThe explosion of public outrage at the revelations on the Anglo tapes has put the banking collapse back at the centre of the political (...)

Participants in the anti-austerity march in Dublin in February organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Writing in The Irish Times on Thursday, May 9th, Donal Donovan challenged critics of auster(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. “The Coalition parties have presented a united front on the big economic issues.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The political atmosphere is remarkably calm in spite of a range of testing issues facing the Government as it approaches the half way mark in i(...)