Taoiseach Enda Kenny says nobody was aware of the extent of these files until the kind of behaviour going on became the subject of Garda activity.

The Government was unaware of the extent of the files about the banking collapse in the possession of the Department of Finance until the Garda invest(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: collapsed in his seat like a warm Cornetto. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Cabinet sat in differing stages of subsidence, as if the air was slowly escaping from their inner tubes.Ministers were coming down from their Euro(...)

Economic growth is now looking weaker than  had been expected when plans for   Budget 2013 were drawn up. Photograph: Eric Luke

Every three months, number crunchers at the Department of Finance brief the media and other interested parties on their monthly exchequer numbers. Fol(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: said banking collapse happened four or five years ago yet the Government had not known until last week whether any tapes existed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonanwill write to the banks today requesting that tapes in their possession be preserved for the proposed Oireachtas ba(...)

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams expressed surprise that the Minister was writing to the banks tomorrow, given the passage of time since the banking collapse. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to write to the banks tomorrow requesting them to preserve any tapes they have for the Government’s proposed ba(...)

The former Anglo Irish Bank headquarters at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Answers to some of the most disturbing questions raised by the Anglo tapes may lie in private records held by the Department of Finance and other publ(...)

Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan has warned there will be sanctions against anybody who fails to appear before the planned banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES.

Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan has warned there will be sanctions against anybody who fails to appear before the planned banking inquiry.Mr Noona(...)

A “Leveson-style inquiry” should be held into the banking controversy following the Anglo tapes revelations, Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/THE IRISH TIMES.

Dan KeenanA “Leveson-style inquiry” should be held into the banking controversy following the Anglo tapes revelations, Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Mart(...)

Outstanding measures under the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012 will be implemented over the coming year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance today published the implementation plan for all outstanding sections of the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Reg(...)

Last week’s Anglo tape revelations shone a spotlight on the existence of internal recordings of private telephone conversations in the finance sector (...)

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