Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Describing their conversation as “a preliminary discussion”, Taoiseach Enda  Kenny said he would come back to Mr Draghi on the banking inquiry issue “in due course”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has personally intervened to request the European Central Bank to attend the banking inquiry. Mr Kenny raised the issue with the (...)

   President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

And still they talked about water. It’s been tough going. In a lazy Leinster House afternoon, a lovely little exchange took place between Labour’s Eri(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will ask ECB President Mario Draghi to attent the banking inquiry. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he will ask European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi to attend the banking inquiry.Enda Kenny was responding, amid he(...)

Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg, arriving at the opening of the banking inquiry  in  Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 0:56

Irish people did not party during the economic boom “but they lived a bit better than they might have done because of the bubble”, an international ba(...)

Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg, arriving at the opening of the banking inquiry  at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty expects the public will be frustrated by what they see, while Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath believes there will be no “eart(...)

Mario Draghi has written to the inquiry to say the ECB will not participate. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Full text of letter from ECB president Mario Draghi to Ciaran Lynch, chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis:Frankfurt, 15 Decemb(...)

Interest rates are at historic lows in Europe and savers are feeling the pinch. But, chastened by their experiences over the past few years, Irish sav(...)

When Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty asks the first question of Finnish academic  Peter Nyberg on Wednesday, it will kick off the public hearings of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty asks the first question of Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg on Wednesday, it will kick off the public (...)

There was a mere 10 months between the gamble of the exit and the first post-austerity budget. Photogarph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One year to the day since the bailout exit it is, perhaps, difficult to understand why the decision to make a clean break was so controversial. As wit(...)