Donal Donovan

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  ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Looking back at the government’s decision to guarantee the Irish banks  10 years ago,  with no help forthcoming from the ECB, taoiseach Brian Cowen was left with no good options

One of the great failures exposed by the 2008 financial crisis was that the tools were not available at either a national or European level to the pol(...)

Ping-pong: Minister of State for Financial Services – behind Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe – has the kind of charged argument that Matt Cooper revels in. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Listening to debates about the Apple tax debacle, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Karl Marx was right. Not about politics or economics but with(...)

Donal Donovan: is critical of the IMF’s role in economic surveillance in the run-up to the crash

The IMF was flinging out reports on Ireland and its banks this week, but lost a little in the rush was an assessment by former IMF staffer Donal Donov(...)

‘The Dáil has approved a Fianna Fáil Bill that will allow the Central Bank to cap mortgage rates.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

During the financial crisis, the State had to step in to rescue the banking system. The plan afterwards was to gradually withdraw and let the banks re(...)

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(...)

 Protesters from the Communist-affiliated trade union PAME at an anti-austerity demonstration  in Athens on Wednesday.  The parliamentary spokesman for the  Syriza party urged it  to unite behind a new funding agreement, saying the country wanted a full bailout immediately rather than a bridge loan. The placard reads,  “No to layoffs. Steady and permanent jobs for everybody”. Photograph:  REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

The dust has barely settled on the rancorous “agreement” reached some three weeks ago between the Greek government and its European creditors and the (...)

Marco Buti, director general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, speaks before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Ireland ignored advice from the European Commission to take measures to prevent the economy overheating prior to the banking collapse, according to th(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

Dublin Port. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIME

BARRY O’HALLORAN Ireland’s recent growth rates might have been artificially inflated by a sudden increase in contract manufacturing that may not be d(...)

This weekend marks the formal end of Ireland’s emergency bailout by the IMF and EU, a milestone rightly marked by much introspective analysis, includi(...)

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