The Oireachtas banking inquiry report finds the board of Bank of Ireland discussed how it could request taxpayer investment as a source of equity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There was a culture of excessive executive pay in the banks, according to the banking inquiry report. Recommendations in the report, released on Wedn(...)

The European Central Bank “explicitly threatened” the government in March 2011 it would withdraw emergency support for Ireland’s banks if losses were imposed on senior bondholders, the Oireachtas banking inquiry has found.

The European Central Bank explicitly threatened the government in March 2011 it would withdraw emergency support for Ireland’s banks if losses w(...)

Irish Tourism Industry Confederation chief executive Eoghan O’Mara Walsh (left) and Paul Gallagher, chairman, at the publication of the confederation’s review of 2015 and outlook for 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Irish tourism industry is expected to employ an additional 7,000 people in 2016 with another record year of business being predicted by its repres(...)

Patricia Quinn and her five adult children allege some €2.34 billion in loans made by Anglo to various Quinn companies were for the unlawful purpose of propping up the bank’s share price. File photograph: Collins

State-owned IBRC has urged a judge to direct that the Quinn family’s action aimed at avoiding liability for €2.34 billion loans should open as soon as(...)

Dr Maura Pidgeon. Photograph: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), Dr Maura Pidgeon, is to resign from her position in order to move to the pri(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving to the Banking Inquiry at Leinster House. Photograph: Collins

Brian Cowen: the Evidence – Part II. This dealt with his time as Taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. There were three key themes: the night of the (...)

Tourists on a jaunting car through Killarney National Park: Ireland is the seventh most recalled holiday destination by British people. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Tourism chiefs are calling on the Government to boost investment in the sector to underpin its strong recovery. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederat(...)

The banking inquiry is to ask the gardaí to investigate the alleged leaking of a witness statement. The issue surrounds the alleged leaking of the statement of former Department of Finance official Kevin Cardiff. Photograph: Reuters

The banking inquiry is to ask the gardaí to investigate the alleged leaking of a witness statement. The committee met in private and decided to refer(...)

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

On Monday of this week, the Holy See quietly initiated a project that in many senses embodies Pope Francis’s famous call for a “church of the poor and(...)

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) celebrates with  team mate Marouane Fellaini (right) after scoring the third against   Preston North End   at  Deepdale. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Preston North End 1 Manchester United 3A comfortable scoreline, Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet and hostilities renewed in the quarter-finals with Arse(...)