Former governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan: “Although there were better options than the blanket guarantee, none of them would have saved anything like all of the €35bn  or so that those banks cost us.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A month into the job as minister for finance, Brian Lenihan arranged in June 2008 to meet Trinity College Dublin economics professor Patrick Honohan. (...)

The then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, during a  press conference at Government Buildings in September 2008 where he said the government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

Two hundred and eighty words. That is how long the government’s blanket guarantee for the State’s banks was when it was published at around 6.45am on (...)

David Drumm arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Wednesday where Judge Karen O’Connor jailed him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm last night began serving the longest jail term handed down to a one-time executive of the now defunct lender(...)

 Denis Casey: took regulator’s admonition on board that Irish banks needed to “circle the wagons” . Photograph: Collins Courts

Denis Casey, who qualified as an accountant in the early 1980s, earned his stripes working for Irish Life Assurance doing weekly door-to- door cash co(...)

Willie McAteer, Denis Casey and John Bowe were all handed jail terms on Friday for their roles in a €7 billion fraud. Photograph: Composite/Brenda Fitzsimons/Collins Courts Willie McAteer, Denis Casey and John Bowe were all handed jail terms on Friday for their roles in a €7 billion fraud. Photograph: Composite/Brenda Fitzsimons/Collins Courts

The green jersey agenda was a mitigating factor, but the three banking executives still deserved to be jailed. This was the thrust of the comments by (...)

Donal Donovan: A lack of independent regulation by the Central Bank and Financial Regulator in the past was one of the roots of the crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The independence of the Central Bank must be protected and the recent proposed legislation on mortgage rate caps threatens to undermine this, accordin(...)

Denis Casey,  group chief executive of ILP from May, 2007 until February, 2009, told gardaí that Anglo misrepresented the deposit from his bank to achieve its  stated aim of bolstering its  deposits figure.

A former bank chief accused of conspiracy to mislead investors told gardaí that he had authorised a €7.2 billion deal with Anglo Irish Bank because he(...)

 Brian Cowen former taoiseach at the Dail for the banking inquiry .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Government ministers were assured by the Central Bank and the financial regulator that all six lenders covered by bank guarantee were solvent on Septe(...)

Among the report’s key findings are: – The almost universal adoption of the ‘soft landing’ theory, without any substantial test or challenge, must be(...)

Michael Fingleton, the former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society, arrives at the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

I was going to start this column by saying that the week ahead would be dominated by the report of the banking inquiry. But it probably won’t be. Afte(...)

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