Brian Cowen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brian Cowen Former taoiseach Brian Cowen retired from politics in February 2011, having served as leader since May 2008. The Co Offaly politician, (...)

 Former minister for finance, the late Brian Lenihan: explained the €440 billion guarantee was no bailout but necessary to maintain “the bloodstream of our banking system”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It was another late night of filing copy in The Irish Times but that night was different, as the global financial crisis washed up on Irish shores. We(...)

Michael Fingleton arriving at the Irish Nationwide inquiry at Blackhall Place. The former chief executive told the inquiry that September was his “holiday month”. File photograph: Alan Betson

German banking group Hypo Real Estate was one of the first to contact Michael Fingleton when the long-time Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) ch(...)

Former INBS  chief executive Michael Fingleton, arriving at the inquiry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Central Bank has refused to disclose its mounting multimillion-euro legal bill for the ongoing inquiry into Irish Nationwide Building Society (INB(...)

Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton. Stan Purcell said  Mr Fingleton was appointed to its credit committee in 2001, and was “never off” the committee”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Nationwide’s two most senior executives clashed on Friday over Michael Fingleton’s membership of the critical credit committee at the now-failed(...)

Michael Fingleton objected to the inquiry hearing submissions in September because that’s his “holiday month”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Former Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) managing director Michael Fingleton has admitted he failed to read internal audit reports at the socie(...)

Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton agreed that if he had taken his seat on a key bank committee, he could have ensured it was meeting commitments to regulators and auditors.

Former Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) managing director Michael Fingleton agreed that if he had taken his seat on a key bank committee, he c(...)

 Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton denies being on bank committee

Former Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) managing director Michael Fingleton has denied that he was on the lender’s key credit committee even t(...)

Anglo Irish Bank: in 2007 David Drumm (left, with chairman Seán Fitzpatrick) was paid €3.3 million, €2 million of it as a bonus for his magnificent stewardship. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ever had that slightly weird sensation of reading a newspaper headline and thinking, Oh, that’s good news? And then you read the story itself and real(...)

The inquiry into defunct lender Irish Nationwide Building Society continues. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former finance director of Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) told an inquiry into alleged regulatory breaches at the defunct lender that he(...)

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