Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to the 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has offered his support to 10 Oireachtas members listed by businessman Denis O’Brien in his legal proceedings a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Legal proceedings brought by businessman Denis O’Brien against a Dáil committee represent a threat to democracy, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin sai(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien: Believed to be taking issue with the CPP’s findings that Independent TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil privilege when making allegations about him in the chamber. Photograph: The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien has initiated legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP). Mr O’Brien has named every m(...)

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin: seeking ‘urgent response’ to claim made by Mike Aynsley. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The final report by the Oireachtas banking inquiry is facing a delay of up to six weeks and is unlikely to be completed until early 2016. The delay m(...)

Retired Supreme Court judge Nial Fennelly is chairing the commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Fennelly Commission, set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan and the recor(...)

Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe: chairing the Commission of Investigation into IBRC.

That getting on for half of IBRC’s borrowers were paying an interest rate of less than 2 per cent seems extraordinary. It is grist to the mill of thos(...)

Kevin Cardiff: the senior banking official at the department on the night of the guarantee, September 29th, 2008, he is to appear before the committee on Thursday morning. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The banking inquiry is to meet today to discuss whether to pursue matter of the alleged leaking of official documents provided by a forthcoming cont(...)

‘The IBRC controversy opens a window into the way big borrowers deal with banks – a world in which terms are negotiated and loans are restructured. Whatever the reality of “deals” on offer to big borrowers, it is all very different from the structured way in which most of us deal with “the bank”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The political debate arising from the IBRC controversy has focused on the detail, including the Siteserv sale, the Dáil statements about Denis O’Brien(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath wrote earlier this week to banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch contending that Denis O’Brien should appear as a witness.

The Banking Inquiry will discuss a suggestion on Tuesday that businessman Denis O’Brien be called as a witness before the summer recess. The idea came(...)

Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan:  told  parliamentary party meeting  there needed to be an acknowledgment of the burden older people had faced. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael TDs have called for the restoration of the telephone allowance for pensioners in the next Budget. Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan brought the(...)