The EBS  company headquarters in Dublin. The banking inquiry has heard that the company did not consult its auditors on its move into commercial and development property lending. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Educational Building Society (EBS) auditors were not consulted about the financial institution’s move into commercial and development property lendin(...)

Ciarán Lynch (left) and Pearse Doherty asking questions of Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has rejected a claim the bank blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika (...)

From 2002 to 2009, Donal Forde ran the AIB unit responsible for €17 billion of loans for land and property development in Ireland. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Donal Forde, the former head of AIB’s operation in Ireland, has conceded that his annual pay in the boom years was “silly” and “inordinate”, but it(...)

 Paul O’Connell,with  Kyran Baxter (4), left,  and Alex O’Doherty (4)  doing their bit for the  Limerick clean-up at Southill. Photograph: FusionShooters

Irish rugby captain Paul O’Connell and racing legend AP McCoy have rolled up their sleeves to take part in a massive clean-up operation in Limerick.Mo(...)

The inquiry heard almost €8bn worth of commercial investment property was sold in Ireland between 2004 and 2008

An acute shortage of office space and affordable accommodation in Dublin is posing a threat to foreign direct investment in Ireland, the Committee of (...)

Marie Hunt, head of research at CBRE Ireland, told the committee much of the development was in parts of the country that did not need it

Extensive land rezoning and a lack of a national planning strategy, as well as cheap bank debt and government tax incentive policy, all fuelled an eco(...)

Frank Prendergast TD (Labour) at the New Ireland Forum  in May 1983. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was among those who attended the funeral in Limerick on Monday of former Labour TD Frank Prendergast. The 81-ye(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

“If our parliamentary party is anything to go by there’s more chance of Aer Lingus being renationalised than the Government selling its share,” said one Labour source. File photograph:  Artur Widak/PA Wire

The Coalition is hardening its stance against the sale of the State shareholding in Aer Lingus after Labour and Fine Gael TDs expressed concerns about(...)

Patrick Honohan said then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan (above), had wanted to nationalise Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society “there and then” and was against covering subordinated debt but was “overruled on the night” by a more senior politician. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It was showtime at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Thursday. After a couple of quiet performances before Christmas involving Peter Nyberg and Rob(...)