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Why is the Government, in the midst of a substantial economic recovery, struggling to be re-elected? Because it can’t get its story straight. You win (...)

Kevin Cardiff: Brian Cowen was “calm and in charge” on the night of the fateful bank guarantee meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government put together a “fighting fund” of about €20 billion in advance of the meeting on September 29th, 2008, that led to a blanket bank guara(...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

The banking inquiry found the ECB issued an explicit threat to Ireland if it proceeded to burn senior bondholders. The warning was issued through a phone call between Michael Noonan andJean-Claude Trichet followed a phone conversation between Enda Kenny and Mr Trichet. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to detail the content of his conversation with former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet about bu(...)

Inquiry team: chairman Ciarán Lynch (centre) with Mark McSharry TD, Senator Michael D’Arcy, Michael McGrath TD, John Paul Phelan TD, Kieran O’Donnell TD, Senator Susan O’Keeffe, Eoghan Murphy TD and Senator Sean Barrett. Photograph: Eric Luke

After 20 months of toil the Oireachtas banking inquiry published its final report this week, in three volumes. It followed public testimony from 131 (...)

Brian Lenihan: any change to the terms of the guarantee would have required “further discussions”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government included short-term interbank deposits in its bank guarantee in 2008, despite a request from the European Central Bank president Jean-(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Joe Higgins did not contribute to the final banking inquiry report, producing a minority report instead.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy has clashed with his banking inquiry colleague Joe Higgins, accusing him of “bias” over his refusal to sign the committee’s(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick NearyPatrick Neary arriving at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

2008 March 17th: St Paddy’s Day massacre as Anglo shares plummet 30 per cent in price. September 15th: US bank Lehman Brothers collapses. Septe(...)