Tuesday October 20, 2020

Infighting and Intrigue: Behind the scenes of the banking inquiry

Hamstrung by legislation, pressured by time, delayed by politics and pockmarked by crisis

31st January, 2016
"There was something else in the air. Paranoia. Suspicion. Anger."

Hundreds of hours of testimony; 131 witnesses; 106 public and private meetings; €6.5 million. But one overarching question: what happened to the €64 billion? The banking inquiry published its final report last week; the verdict is not kind to the committee.

The report was symptomatic of the broader issues that dogged the inquiry from the very start – hamstrung by legislation, pressured by time, delayed by politics and pockmarked by crisis. This is the story of what...

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