Window cleaners at Hawkins House where it is said: ‘Half the windows don’t open; the other half don’t close.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times office is a good place for a game of fantasy wrecking ball. Everybody’s got a least favourite Irish building. And here, on on Tara Str(...)

The latest figures for house prices and mortgage approvals all point towards a market growing at something close to a sustainable rate. Photograph:  Frank Miller

There can be little doubt that the controls on mortgage lending introduced at the start of the year are working. The latest figures for house prices a(...)

Central Bank of Ireland chief Patrick Honohan said by September 2008, more than 90 per cent of the costs of the boom and bust had “become unavoidable”. File photograph: Getty Images

We should be used to them by now, but the figures relating to the Irish banking and economic crash still have the power to shock. At the Oireachtas Ba(...)

Outgoing Central Bank of Ireland Governor Patrick Honohan.

The Central Bank found the terms of the trioka programme “unsatisfactory”, the Governor Patrick Honohan has said. Prof Honohan told the banking inquir(...)

David Byrne of Lisney: buyers have become more price-sensitive

As 2015 arrives at its halfway mark the property sector has put in a strong first half with house sales up by more than a third on the same period (...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said the banks responsible for breaching the code of conduct should be named and shamed and should have some penalty imposed

It was “utterly unacceptable” for any lender to breach the code of conduct for mortgages, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. He told the Dáil that the Centr(...)

William Beausang speaking at the banking inquiry on Wednesday.

A senior Government official received a draft press release announcing a blanket guarantee hours before it was agreed, the inquiry has heard. A(...)

The Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy has told the banking inquiry he could have counted the number of economists working in the Department’s economic division when the crisis hit on one hand. Image: Oireachtas screen grab.

The 2005 announcement of a review of tax incentives in the property market came after “the horse had bolted”, the Department of Finance’s chief econom(...)

Block R in Spencer Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A seven-storey Dublin docklands office block, with tenants including the Central Bank and the British building society Nationwide, will be brought to (...)

 It’s likely the only way rates will fall  to a level enjoyed by our European counterparts – despite the efforts of Government – is if new entrants come in. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Against a background of increasing pressure from the Government to bring Irish mortgage variable rates into line with European competitors, banks are (...)