John Collison, co-founder of Stripe, speaking    during the  Web Summit at the RDS in  November. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

For the first time since the financial crash, it was harder this year to pick the losers than the winners. As well-known businesses toppled and entrep(...)

President of Spanish wifi company Gowex, Jenaro Garcia, who announced on Twitter last week that the company’s accounts had been falsified for more than four years. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

To many, attempting to profit from stock market falls is immoral and parasitic. Short sellers, however, see themselves as the detectives of the stock (...)

“Deutsche Bank is an extreme example of leverage, of the risks still posed by one bank. But virtually all Europe’s banks face the same problem: they need to get leverage down. At the same time, including in Ireland, politicians keep yelling at them to increase lending.” Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

There is a (very) small part of me that feels sorry for Patrick Neary, the much-pilloried ex-regulator of Ireland’s financial system. We are all banki(...)

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 (...)

Patrick Neary: He may not have covered himself in glory, but it is far from certain that anybody else sitting in his chair would have cried stop. Photograph: David Sleator.

In many ways the Anglo trial could not have gone better for Seán FitzPatrick. Not only was he found not guilty, he has been replaced as public enemy n(...)

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 (...)

Guilty as charged, but in mitigation of their crime Judge Martin Nolan found the two former Anglo Irish Bank directors, Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer,(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick Neary: giving evidence  during the trial he veered from forgetfulness to farce. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was Friday, January 9th. 2009. The financial regulator had just announced that its chief executive during the boom years, Patrick Neary, was(...)

Cleared: Seán FitzPatrick, who was acquitted of all charges. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Seán Quinn bounded towards Court 19, his small entourage of family and friends trailing behind him, passersby glancing as he passed. When he re(...)

“I said what about the regulator and your man said sure they’ll be delighted with it” - Sean FitzPatrick on David Drumm talking about the deal (...)