What should the banking inquiry ask Cowen?

What should the banking inquiry ask Cowen?

As minister for finance, Brian Cowen oversaw the final years of Ireland’s property bubble and public spending boom from 2004 until 2008.

1. With whom did you discuss the statement that you have made today?

2. You were minister for finance from 2004 to 2008, a period largely of economic growth. In your first budget, why did you change the stamp duty rates to heavily incentivise first-time buyers to enter the property market? Can you take us through the logic of that decision?

3. You wrote on the first page of Budget 2006 that “This Budget reflects...

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