Julien Mercille, lecturer at UCD and author of The Political Economy and Media Coverage of the European Economic Crisis: the case of Ireland, told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry journalists acted as ‘cheerleaders’.

Property porn in the media during the boom years helped push a social appetite for moving up the ladder, the Oireachtas banking inquiry has heard. Dub(...)

Chairman of the banking inquiry committee Ciarán Lynch (Lab) says group will work for the Irish people and ‘leave club jerseys at the door’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The banking inquiry is an opportunity to “leave our club jerseys at the committee room door and to do an important job on behalf of the Irish people”,(...)