Sean Fitzpatrick

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Tesla chief executive Elon Musk: After he publicly apologised for criticising an analyst, Tesla’s share value soared by almost $5 billion, making it “maybe the most valuable apology of all time”. File Photograph:  Joe Skipper/Reuters

Hardly a week passes now without one major company or another expressing contrition for its sins. Facebook is sorry for lax privacy controls. Apple is(...)

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, (...)

The then minister for finance, Brian Lenihan, during a  press conference at Government Buildings in September 2008 where he said the government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

Two hundred and eighty words. That is how long the government’s blanket guarantee for the State’s banks was when it was published at around 6.45am on (...)

Image of the week. September 2010: Unfinished business at what was meant to have been the new headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank, and has since become the new Central Bank HQ. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In numbers: Bank bust fallout €35 billion Cost that the State has carried for the bailout of defunct lenders Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide B(...)

 Anglo Irish Bank signage being taken down:  242-page report details failings in EY’s work on Anglo’s 2008 financial accounts. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

In December 2008, after more than a year of firefighting on a number of fronts, Anglo Irish Bank’s chairman, Sean FitzPatrick, and its chief executive(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick. The accounting treatment of his personal loans with the failed bank formed part of an investigation into audit work carried out by EY at Anglo. Photograph: Court Collins

Serious failings and professional incompetence were alleged in an unpublished report compiled by a former comptroller and auditor general into element(...)

Two employees of Christie’s manoeuvre the Lehman Brothers corporate logo as it went on auction in September 2010 in London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

News last week of plans by former bankers at Lehman Brothers to hold a reunion marking the decade since the bank’s collapse sparked a Vesuvian eruptio(...)

David Drumm outside the Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Professional disciplinary tribunals into former Anglo Irish Bank executives and the work of the lender’s one-time auditor, EY, are set to resume follo(...)

President Michael D Higgins declined to say if he would be willing to publish his medical records. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins has insisted his “health is excellent” as his potential rivals said they would be open to publishing their medical records(...)

At the end of his recent trial on Anglo’s fraudulent deposits, former Anglo chief executive David Drumm cut a defeated figure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Drumm’s guilty plea to charges of authorising unlawful financial assistance at Anglo Irish Bank brings the curtain down on the last of the crimi(...)

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