Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: says Brendan Howlin is weeping “crocodile tears”.  “I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by his Cabinet colleague and Labour Minister Brendan Howlin that the abolition of town cou(...)

Former director general of the Canadian department of finance Rob Wright told the banking inquiry he produced report on the Department of Finance which noted risks caused by government policy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Had advice from the Department of Finance on controlling overheating in the economy “been embraced”, it could have “helped facilitate the chance of a (...)

 Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg arriving at the opening of the Banking Inquiry  at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If the four hours of questioning of Finnish finance expert Peter Nyberg told us anything yesterday, it’s that the next three months of the so-called c(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

The election of Brian Hayes as an MEP has led to an autumn byelection in Dublin South West.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The reshuffled Government’s first electoral test is expected to come in the autumn in a number of byelections. Voters will be scheduled to go to the (...)

Ciaran Lynch of Labour, who is chairing the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs and Senators on the banking inquiry objected to the prospect of public hearings being held as late as May or June 2015 at the committee’s inaugura(...)

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said the argument over which politicians should be represented on the banking inquiry should end and the long-awaited investigation should proceed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has accused the Government of trying to control the banking inquiry “lock, stock and barrel”.He said the(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s European elections strategy has been dealt another blow as a prominent TD seen as a potential MEP candidate by party strategists ha(...)

Former  Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan has decided against contesting the European elections. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael is leaving the door open to former Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan running for the party in future, even though he has decid(...)