“Right around the world, if you talk to regulators, fines are one-dimension ... but reputation is very important.” Photograph: iStock

After two years of an industry-wide examination into overcharging of tracker mortgage customers, Central Bank governor Philip Lane is holding out that(...)

The Central Bank of Ireland (Dublin HQ above) was harshly criticised by TDs and Senators for the length of time it had taken to hold financial institutions to account over the scandal and accused of a “dereliction of duty” over its handling of the issue. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The prospect of Irish banks facing criminal proceedings after wrongly forcing more than 20,000 homeowners off tracker mortgages was raised by the Cent(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank,  arriving for the Oireachtas committee meeting at the Dáil with Derville Rowland (left), director general of finanancial conduct, and Sharoin Donnery (right), deputy governor of Central Bank. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Central Bank was likened to the “dog that doesn’t bark” at the Oireachtas committee over its dealings with 11 banks who wrongly took customers of (...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin and party spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea TD during a press briefing by the party on  pensions. Photograph: Collins

A Dáil debate on Wednesday night provides the “appropriate” opportunity for Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to apologise for calling Fia(...)

Fallen trees block a road in Cork on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Households and businesses affected by Storm Ophelia should be covered by their insurance because “nobody is in a hurricane zone”, the Taoiseach has to(...)

Central Bank governor Philip Lane: will be grilled by the Oireachtas finance committee on the  saga  of the tracker rate scandal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Remember that television ad from the Financial Regulator in 2007 where the grey-haired man stands up on the double decker bus and declares “I don’t kn(...)

Ógra Fianna Fáil stand at the party’s ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If there was ever a doubt that Fianna Fáil wanted Leo Varadkar to win the Fine Gael leadership contest, this ardfheis has provided the conclusive answ(...)

Michael McGrath asked how all the banks could have made the same mistake. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Those responsible for the tracker mortgage controversy must be held to account, the Fianna Fail Ardfheis has heard. Party finance spokesman Michael M(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “He is neither an ideologue nor a risk-taker. He is unapologetically moderate and incremental.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yet again it was a moment on RTÉ’s Prime Time which illustrated the changed political context in which budgets are shaped in the current Dáil. In the (...)

 Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath: “The people who are affected want to see a roadmap back to being treated equally based on their contributions.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to set out a “roadmap” to deal with an anomaly in the pension scheme that sees thousands of women losing out on payments, Fianna (...)