Bertie Ahern: he wasn’t the only one giving colourful evidence this week. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

It was an eventful week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry and it didn’t all revolve around Bertie Ahern’s colourful evidence. Anglo Irish Bank’s ex-f(...)

Brendan McDonagh, former finance director of the National Treasury Management Agency and now chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency, giving evidence at the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, July 9th. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

The National Treasury Management Agency was “always sceptical” of the business models of Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank, particularly their hea(...)

“If Cowen had been alive to the threat of the financial crisis that was brewing from mid 2007, his government would have had more options in September 2008 when formulating a response.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne 6:13

Brian Cowen’s appearance at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last week had many politicians and media in Leinster House purring about his intellect and (...)

Former taoiseach and minister for finance Brian Cowen appearing at the Banking Inquiry on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) was instructed by Brian Cowen to deposit money with Irish banks in late 2007 and early 2008, it emerged(...)

Banking Inquiry: Former secretary general, Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff recounted a hilarious Sir Humphrey-type conversation at the time with a colleague from another country. Photograph: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It turns out that Ireland’s double Eurovision winner Johnny Logan isn’t just popular in Turkey. Kevin Cardiff said yesterday that Logan was also a hit(...)

Cyril Roux, deputy governor of the Central Bank: said the “disjointed” nature of the regulator’s enforcement powers over non-life companies was an “impediment to their effectiveness” and needed consolidation. Photograph: Eric Luke

Central Bank deputy governor Cyril Roux told the Department of Finance in March it did not have sufficient powers or staff to effectively regulate t(...)

 Alan Dukes: was referring to Ms Nolan’s comments to the committee that there was a culture in IBRC “that never really recognised the damage they had done to the country”.

Former chairman of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Alan Dukes has accused a senior official within the Department of Finance of making “seriously m(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: expects the State to get back all of the funds put into AIB, Bank of Ireland and IL&P. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s holdings in AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB are currently valued at about €16.4 billion by the Department of Finance. This has eme(...)

Does Brian Cowen merit him being grilled for up to 20 hours when the executives who actually led the banks and almost bankrupted the State have only been required to spend about four hours each in the witness box?

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry resumes today with Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher appearing in the morning followed after lunch by Corm(...)