David McWilliams speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 26th, 2015.

The Irish property crash and resulting banking crisis were both predictable and preventable, economist David McWilliams told the Oireachtas Banking In(...)

The Central Bank should have blocked “ramping up of net foreign borrowings by Irish banks and an over-concentration of lending to developers”, says professor of finance. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It was a game of two halves at the banking inquiry yesterday. The first involved engaging testimony from Prof Gregory Connor, professor of finance (...)

Prof Gregory Connor of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting at NUI Maynooth speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 25th, 2015

Accountancy standards have not changed since 2008 and the same conclusions would be arrived at if they were used to examine Anglo Irish Bank today, th(...)

Max Planck Institute director Martin Hellwig speak to participants at the Trinity economic forum in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal

There is nothing “inherently wrong” with wanting to make money as an individual or a company, the Central Bank’s outgoing head(...)

Reports this week that the South African bank, Investec, will enter the mortgage market are to be welcomed, but this will not be a game-changer

The figures speak volumes. After an uninterrupted freefall in property prices over many years, a very clear inflection point was reached early last ye(...)

From the middle of 2009 until the end of 2012, serious arrears (greater than 90 days’ worth of mortgage payments) on residential mortgages grew(...)