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(...)