Fianna Fail’s Senator Marc MacSharry – “appears to hold that the rot started in 2000 when Ireland entered the eurozone so that’s where the inquiry should begin ....”   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The irish Times

Thoughts turn to the banking inquiry and news that the projected spend is about €5 million while the budget is €3 million. Pfft to either, if that’s w(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch said Vision for Change will not be fully implemented by the end of the Government’s term .Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has described mental health services is an “easy target” after Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said Vision for Change will not be impleme(...)

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(...)

Ciarán Lynch:  said the committee’s initial responsibility would be to prepare a detailed proposal for the banking inquiry, including terms of reference

As the special Dáil committee inquiring into the banking crisis meets for the first time today, there are fresh doubts as to whether it will be able(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry said Fianna Fáil would have to deal with ‘legacy issues’ in the banking inquiry . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil Senator whose appointment to the banking inquiry caused controversy has said his party will have “legacy issues” to deal with when the(...)

 Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath said “meddling” had damaged banking inquiry’s credibility. Photograph: Alan Betson

The significance of a Government decision not to apply the party whip to politicians on the banking inquiry committee will become clear only when the(...)

Wicklow Independent TD  Stephen Donnelly. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has been criticised by other members of the banking inquiry committee for his decision to resign in protest at the Go(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White who said today the Government’s insistence on a majority on the banking inquiry committee was “giving politics a bad name”

The Government’s move this morning to impose an artificial Coalition majority on the fledgling banking inquiry is simply astonishing. Outraged (...)