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 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

John Stumpf testifying before the house financial services committee last month into  Wells Fargo’s opening of millions of unauthorised customer accounts. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Wells Fargo’s embattled chief executive John Stumpf is stepping down as the US’s second largest bank is dogged by a scandal over its sales practices. (...)

Minister for finance Brian Lenihan:  took charge of the State coffers just as “the building boom was coming to a shuddering end”.

It is like a scene from another world. In New York, the Lehman bankruptcy brings the capitalist system close to collapse. Giant banks and insurers tee(...)