Former KPMG managing partner Terence O’Rourke giving evidence to the banking inquiry as its hearings on the role of banks’ external auditors continues. Photograph: Screengrab of Oireachtas livestream

The “big four” audit firms all attended a meeting with the financial regulator to discuss concerns in relation to the liquidity of the banks, eight mo(...)

Patrick Davitt, chief executive at the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, appearing at the Banking Inquiry on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015.

The negative equity crisis is a “very very unfortunate” element of the economic crash, but property valuations were carried out on the basis of a spec(...)

 Richie Boucher wrote a letter of support to planners for Seán Dunne’s over-ambitious Knightsbridge-style plan for Ballsbridge.

The appearances this week at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry of current Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher and former Ulster Bank chief exe(...)

Michael Noonan is usually more Morecambe to Brendan Howlin’s Wise. But the days when Fine Gael’s finance spokesman used to electrify the Dáil with witty banter are long gone. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has hit on an amazing new strategy for winning the election. Step one is to build up expectations for months about a mega new announcem(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: said  the Government had opted for ‘an election salvo, trying to suggest to the people that the bad old days are behind them’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, described the statement as “a damp squib”.“It does not take a bloodhound to smell an election in the a(...)

Former managing director of AIB , Donal Forde, at Leinster House for the hearing of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Two of the most senior players in AIB at the time of the financial crash in 2008 went before the Oireachtas banking inquiry in the second day of the n(...)

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald does not intend to retract her Ansbacher comments which were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege.She alle(...)

Pearse Doherty has said the first action of Sinn Féin in government would be to scrap domestic water charges and abolish Irish Water.

Sinn Féin has reversed its previous policy of keeping Irish Water as a utility and now says it will abolish the semi-state as well as water charges.Th(...)

Theoretical and “bizarre” interpretations of economic data cannot be used to apply EU budgetary rules, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Theoretical and “bizarre” interpretations of economic data cannot be used to apply EU budgetary rules, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

HARRY McGEE The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict(...)