Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael think-in in Adare, Co Limerick, where the party hoped to break the Curse of the Challenge of the Upturn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With a general election just around the corner, best feet were belting forward at all the think-ins. The main parties will be pleased to have survived(...)

Ajai Chopra, former deputy director of the IMF, leaving the Dáil after giving evidence at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former International Monetary Fund official Ajai Chopra has said the European Central Bank’s refusal to impose losses on senior bondholders pushed Ire(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said he did not accept Jean-Claude Trichet’s position. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet warned the Government a “bomb would go off” in Dublin if the Government burned bondholders.(...)

Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, warned Ireland would not be able to access a bailout if it imposed cuts on senior bank creditors. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

IMF good, ECB bad. That was how the final day of public hearings at the Oireachtas banking inquiry might be best summed up. It started with Ajai Chopr(...)

Marco Buti of the European Commission after giving evidence at the banking inquiry in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The State’s bank guarantee from September 2008 was “too generous” and “magnified the fiscal impact of the banking crisis”, said the European Commissio(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has agreed to address MEPs on the Irish bailout in November, as part of a compromise agreed between the E(...)

Ex-IMF official Ajai Chopra: appearing before inquiry as voluntary witness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former International Monetary Fund official Ajai Chopra is expected to tell the Oireachtas banking inquiry the European Central Bank went beyond its (...)

The Oireachtas banking inquiry will spend this month trawling through some of the contradictory evidence provided by witnesses questioned during its e(...)

Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm who has declined to attend the banking inquiry in person. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged David Drumm to co-operate fully with the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Members of the inquiry will discuss next week whe(...)

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

The Minister for Finance’s distinct lack of enthusiasm for sending Nama officials north to answer questions about Project Eagle is in marked contrast (...)