Former taoiseach Brian Cowen  left the inquiry hearings without suffering further blows to his reputation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talking privately to members of the banking inquiry in recent days, they sounded less like doctors trying to keep it alive and more like pathologists (...)

Eoghan Murphy: together with Susan O’Keeffe has until next Thursday to complete the revised report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has agreed to halve the length of its final report in an effort to meet a January publication deadline. The committee w(...)

Draft report of the banking inquiry described as “not fit for purpose”.

At weekends, Government buildings are usually as silent and deserted as the Overlook Hotel in the film The Shining. But one such building, Agricultur(...)

Senator Susan O’Keeffe, who along with Eoghan Murphy is leading a team to produce a new banking inquiry report. Photograph: James Flynn

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry may have to meet on Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Eve in efforts to salvage a final report.(...)

Joan Burton: “The [banking inquiry] members have devoted a huge amount of time, the chairman, Ciaran Lynch has worked very hard to be really fair to all of the witnesses, and I think it would be in everybody’s interest if we can get that report before the general election - and they have a timeline of the third week of January.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon/The Irish Times

The members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry owe it to themselves and the people of Ireland to publish a report on their investigation before the Jan(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch. It is understood some members of the inquiry are deeply unhappy with the wording of the final report.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry have heavily criticised its final report labelling it “weak” and “incoherent”. The Dáil committee investigat(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

Minister Charlie Flanagan said the Government was making  “considered and concerted efforts to achieve positive progress for this citizen and his release at the earliest opportunity”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has acknowledged there are campaigners who do not agree with the Government’s approach to seeking the re(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: his party  was one of the first out of the blocks this week to announce it was signing up to Right2Change

What is the left-wing alliance announced this week? A number of organisations and individuals involved in the anti-water charges movement, which op(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)