Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The Government announced last night that the inquiry into IBRC has been upgraded to a Commission of Investigation.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The inquiry into the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has been widened to investigate whether preferential interest rate deals were given to (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris insisted the Government was “not initiating this on the basis of any evidence of wrongdoing”. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government is insisting it did not establish a review into deals struck by the former Anglo Irish Bank because of “any evidence of wrongdoing”.(...)

Party sources said Ms Hanafin was attempting to make a return to politics weeks after calling the performance of Fianna Fáil in Dublin as “brutal”, “appalling” and “awful”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has insisted former education minister Mary Hanafin will not be a candidate for the party in the local elections in Blackrock, Co Dubli(...)