Dame Street may also be conscious of the fact that despite the rapid acceleration seen in the last 12 months average prices are still someway off their peak.Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Central Bankers – including our own Patrick Honohan – are fond of quoting William McChesney Martin ’s maxim that the role of the Central Banker is to (...)

Peter Mathews:  posited the view that it was time we heard from the executives who led the banking sector to the point of collapse in late 2008.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

No conference on financial matters would be complete without a long-winded statement, ahem, question from Peter Mathews, the Independent TD for Dublin(...)

Prof Philip Pettit from Princeton University (left) with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, and Prof Brian Nolan, principal, college of human sciences, UCD, at the UCD Garret Fitzgerald summer school in UCD yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It may seem counter-intuitive but putting more power into the hands of “unelected agents” at the expense of politicians can enhance democracy.That wa(...)

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(...)

Best seller: Putting issues of inequality at the heart of economic debate, economist Thomas Piketty

Having surged to the top of best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century continues to be among the most talked about econom(...)

UCD economist Prof Morgan Kelly

Once shunned by the political establishment, UCD economist Prof Morgan Kelly was today accepted into the bosom of academia.The manwho called the prop(...)

Con Horan’s secondment to Europe finishes in December. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Central Bank has yet to “make a decision,” on what position Con Horan, its prudential director during the boom, will return to when he finishes a (...)

Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan described the regulator’s role in the illegal share-buying scheme devised in 2008 to unwind Seán Quinn’s (...)

 The Director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland, Lorcan O’Connor: updated the committee on the performance of the ISI.

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Patrick Honohan, Governor at the Central Bank of Ireland: like the Greek tragic hero however, his prophecies – while timely and probably true – may well be ignored. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The economic Cassandras are hard at work these days, led yesterday by no greater authority than the Governor of the Central Bank. Like the Greek tragi(...)