Banking Inquiry

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Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern  has said he would be willing to appear before the Oireachtas banking inquiry but warned that the process would lose “any kind of relevance” if it were allowed to drag on.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he would be willing to appear before the Oireachtas banking inquiry but warned that the process would lose “(...)

Irish banking inquiry: the so-called nexus phase will hear evidence from those involved in the €64bn bailout. Photograph: David Sleator

Banks, regulators, auditors and former politicians will begin appearing before the Oireachtas banking inquiry from April 21st, when the committee beg(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin expressed ‘grave reservations’ about bank Bill. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Members of the banking inquiry could face criminal sanction if they name a “bank, corporate or individual” during proceedings, the Dáil has been war(...)

Professor Edward Kane of Boston College

Banking crises occur because banks routinely abuse the financial rules of the road without suffering meaningful personal penalties, the Oireachtas Ban(...)

The Central Bank Act 1942 have statutorily prohibited the bank from disclosing a huge array of confidential documents

A new law to allow the Oireachtas banking inquiry overcome the Central Bank’s strict secrecy laws will allow the committee only very limited scope in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has informed the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry  that former ECB president Jean Claude Trichet is willing to examine a number of options that could allow him to provide the committee with information it is seeking from the bank in relation to development around the time of  the State’s financial collapse.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Oireachtas banking inquiry may yet have an opportunity to hear the views of the European Central Bank on the State’s financial crisis. Taoiseach E(...)

Prof Philip Lane of Trinity College Dublin arrving at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Budget surpluses recorded during the boom years should have been put away for a rainy day rather than used to fund tax cuts and ramped-up spending, th(...)

‘For most people a bonus is the peacetime equivalent of a war medal – a hard-earned reward for striving in exceptionally challenging circumstances.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

At a High Court hearing in June 2008, for the second time that year, Mr Justice Richard Johnson was asking for details of bonuses given to bank and bu(...)

File photo: President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi (left) with Klaus Regling. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Policies implemented by the Irish authorities and banks during the boom years “added fuel to the fire” of the State’s economic collapse rather than po(...)

Brian Cowen. The Oireachtas banking inquiry plans to call the former taoiseach to a full hearing in due course, but this will not happen before summer. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Oireachtas banking inquiry will ask former taoiseach Brian Cowen this week whether he has any observations on the evidence presented by Central(...)

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