Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has unveiled a “Save to Buy” initiative for first-time buyers

Housing will be front and centre in the general election campaign that officially kicks off today. There will be two strands to the debate: creating t(...)

The construction industry lobbied the government for a property stimulus package three months prior to the   establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama).

Three months prior to the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) up to deal with the mess left by the property and banking colla(...)

Chairman Ciaran Lynch  (c) and members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry at the publication of the inquiry’s report at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State could have saved more than €9 billion by imposing losses on senior debt holders at the six Irish banks, the National Treasury Management Age(...)

Former financial regulator Patrick NearyPatrick Neary arriving at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

2008 March 17th: St Paddy’s Day massacre as Anglo shares plummet 30 per cent in price. September 15th: US bank Lehman Brothers collapses. Septe(...)

Jean Claude-Trichet: former ECB president remarked a “bomb” would go off in Dublin if a haircut was imposed on senior bondholders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Treasury Management Agency advised the Government in March 2011 that haircuts of €9.1 billion could have been imposed on senior bondhold(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch (centre) with committee members on the publication of the final report at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

It started with a minority report, featuring Socialist TD Joe Higgins rather than Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise. And it concluded in the audio-vi(...)

Chairman Ciaran Lynch TD (centre) and members of the inquiry at the publication of the Oireachtas banking inquiry report at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Idea for guarantee hatched months earlier Contrary to the notion that the plan for a blanket guarantee of the banking system was cobbled together a(...)

Former Governor of Central Bank John Hurley has objected to the finding  of the inquiry. Photograph: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A reference to the solvency of the banks was removed from a government statement issued on the morning of the bank guarantee, the Oireachtas banking (...)

Staying put: Conor Hynes – looking over the Gurteen Bay and Dog’s Bay beaches, in Connemara – decided to try to ride out the recession here

It had been only a short chat with a friend in Australia, but the lingering feeling it left was painful. Had I been right to stay in Ireland and try t(...)

AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne said the bank is seen by investors as a good ’proxy’ for  Irish economic recovery. Photograph: Alan Betson

AIB remains in “good shape” for an IPO of its shares this year in spite of the recent global stock market rout, the bank’s chief executive Bernard Byr(...)