the Central Bank’s former head economist Thomas O’Connell has told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry that Ireland’s banking and economic crash should never have happened.

Ireland’s banking and economic crash should never have happened, the Central Bank of Ireland’s former head economist Thomas O’Connell has told the Oir(...)

Giving evidence at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Thursday afternoon, John Begg, a former senior economist at AIB, took issue with evidence previously given by Prof John Fitzgerald, who retired from the ESRI last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A former senior economist at AIB has rejected claims he approached the ESRI to see whether it would stress test the bank’s balance sheet because a sim(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy:   “I wasn’t bullied by Charlie Haughey when in my 20s so I wasn’t going to be bullied by lesser politicians in my 50s.” Photograph: Bryan Meade 2:26

Editorial standards at The Irish Times in the years leading up to the financial crash in 2008 were not compromised by revenue from property advertisin(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy arriving at Government Buildings  for a hearing of the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan Meade 2:26

Six current and former executives from The Irish Times, Independent News & Media and RTÉ went before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry yesterday. The(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy arrives at the Dail for her appearance before the banking inquiry. Photograph:  Bryan Meade/The Irish Times 2:26

Editorial standards at The Irish Times in the years leading up to the financial crash in 2008 were not compromised by revenue from property advertisin(...)

Winners of this years ‘Irish Times’ Debate Final: team winner Ronan O’Connor and Hugh Guidera, from TCD , and Individual winner Eoin MacLachlan from UCD L&H. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 4:01

There is a long tradition in college debating of being polite to the sponsor but that was gleefully disregarded by the winners of this year’s Irish Ti(...)

Depatment of Finance secretary general  Derek Moran: In both letters,  he makes clear his intention is to “fully co-operate” with the inquiry but he also raises concerns about the volume of material being sought by the committee. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, brought the Oireachtas banking inquiry to life last week with his 3¼-hour appearance in fron(...)

Des Cahill: I don’t remember verbatim what he said but as soon as he said ‘it’s Patrick Honohan’ I knew it was important. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RTÉ sports presenter Des Cahill was the person who picked up the phone when Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan phoned Morning Ireland to confirm Ir(...)

Journalist Gavin Sheridan: attempted to use European environmental legislation to extract  information from Nama.

A dispute between a journalist and Nama over the meaning of the word “including” has spent four years travelling through the Irish courts with a final(...)

Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)