Matt Moran, former chief financial officer of Anglo Irish Bank: he said when it  became known that Irish Life & Permanent had recorded  transactions in their accounts as netted some of his colleagues were “very annoyed”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The main auditor of Anglo Irish Bank was uncomfortable and concerned in February 2009 about an allegedly circular billion-euro transaction between Ang(...)

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(...)

Kevin Cardiff told taoiseach Brian Cowen that Anglo should be taken over by the State and ‘soft’ guarantees made for other banks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kevin Cardiff was second secretary general of the Department of Finance from 2006 to 2010 and secretary general from 2010 to February 2012; he joined(...)

Former finance minister  Brian Lenihan and ex-Department of Finance chief Kevin Cardiff: Mr Cardiff  received “low- key messages” from Mr Cowen’s staff to be “sensitive” to Mr Lenihan’s  situation.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff revealed how he was asked to report to taoiseach Brian Cowen if he felt Brian(...)

 Brian Lenihan in 2010: ‘There were moments when he had to work or travel when it was clear he ought to be resting.’

One of the principles that defined the Civil Service during my career was political impartiality: civil servants were there to serve whichever govern(...)

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 (...)

The construction industry lobbied the government for a property stimulus package three months prior to the   establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama).

Three months prior to the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) up to deal with the mess left by the property and banking colla(...)

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(...)

Developers Michael O’Flynn (left) and Johnny Ronan  who have  separately  expressed concerns about the final banking inquiry report and threatened legal action.

Two of the country’s largest developers have made fresh legal threats to the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Johnny Ronan and Michael O’Flynn, who are (...)

 Kevin Cardiff, former secretary general at the Department  of Finance,  arriving at the Dáil in June   for  the banking inquiry.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

in Brussels The former secretary general of the Department of Finance has backed claims by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the possibility of deploying th(...)