Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian Cowen appearing at the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) was instructed by Brian Cowen to deposit money with Irish banks in late 2007 and early 2008, it emerged(...)

Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian  Cowen outside the Dáil on July 2nd, 2015. He  told the Banking Inquiry he was happy with the decisions he made as minister for finance, but, in hindsight, he would have done some things differently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen on Thursday insisted he was happy with the decisions he made as minister for finance, but apologised for the hardship and(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving for the banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he did not consider a 15 per cent decline in the share price of Anglo Irish Bank on St Patrick’s Day 2008 to be (...)

In a dramatic turn on Wednesday,   the Banking Inquiry  adjourned to take legal advice after Charlie  McCreevy sidestepped Pearse  Doherty’s question on five occasions about whether Ireland had experienced a property bubble. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former finance minister Charlie McCreevy was threatened with criminal sanction by the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday after failing to answer (...)

Michael Noonan was also asked about staff shortages within the unit of the Central Bank that supervised the insurance sector. Photograph:  Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Just more than €1 billion of taxable income was sheltered from tax through the use of various property reliefs, Minister for Finance Michael Noona(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance Michael McGrath on the plinth at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

IBRC’s commercial loan book carried exceptionally low rates of interest on borrowings when the special liquidator was appointed to the bad bank, new (...)

Michael Noonan: Minister has said credit unions can apply to have their  restrictions reviewed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Credit unions unhappy with lending restrictions can apply for a review of their conditions, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. He defended (...)

Banking inquiry: The committee received a boost as the Government agreed to lift Cabinet confidentiality rules to allow a key witness, the former attorney general Paul Gallagher, to give evidence. Photograph: Getty Images

The alleged leaking of confidential correspondence from the Oireachtas banking inquiry is to be investigated by gardaí. The committee met in private s(...)

Kevin Cardiff: the senior banking official at the department on the night of the guarantee, September 29th, 2008, he is to appear before the committee on Thursday morning. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The banking inquiry is to meet today to discuss whether to pursue matter of the alleged leaking of official documents provided by a forthcoming cont(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)