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# Bank Guarantee

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Voices
'That’s insane… did they guarantee everything?': Reliving the night of the bank bailout
Economist Victor Duggan was Labour TD Joan Burton’s economic advisor on the night of the bank guarantee. He recounts that fateful night here.
# return on investment
Government urged to use €3.8 billion from AIB sale to 'build homes, hospitals and schools'
Labour leader Brendan Howlin said that the Irish people “sacrificed so much to protect our banking system”.
# YOU CAN BANK ON IT
Irish cancer research gets a boost with its first ever brain tumour biobank
It is one of only a handful of its kind in Europe.
# Bubble and Burst
Jonathan Sugarman: 'We may wake up tomorrow and need another bank guarantee'
The former Unicredit executive said his life was ‘utterly destroyed’ after he came forward about breaches.
# Bank Guarantee
Being tough on bankers ... and Fine Gael: How Peter Mathews will be remembered
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is among those to have paid tribute to Mathews, saying Ireland is “a poorer place” without him.
# The Life of Bert
Bertie says crisis caused by 'Joe Soap and Mary Soap' getting too many loans
The former taoiseach has given the BBC his verdict on the cause of Ireland’s financial meltdown.
# The Life of Bert
Bertie: I'd absolutely nothing to do with the bank guarantee
The former taoiseach said he had “long left government” by the time of the September 2008 guarantee. He was gone four months.
# dread letter days
'Ultimatums are not the way to do business': Key IMF figure criticises Trichet letters
Ajai Chopra claimed the ECB “went beyond its mandate” in letters sent by Jean-Claude Trichet to Brian Lenihan.
# Banking Inquiry
Seán FitzPatrick WON'T have to answer questions about his time at Anglo
Bad news for the committee.
# Sitting around
Why was this man left outside the room on the night of the guarantee?
Brendan McDonagh spent four hours at government buildings on the night of 29 September 2008.
# Banking Inquiry
Financier compares himself to Ronaldo, says emigrating was "very painful"
Derek Quinlan moved to Switzerland after the crash.
# the life of brian
11 things we learned on Brian Cowen's final day at the banking inquiry
The former Taoiseach defended the bank guarantee and got a badly-needed toilet break.
# Conspiracy Theories
Brian Cowen played golf with Seán FitzPatrick but they never discussed Anglo
The former Taoiseach also said he underestimated the impact of the IMF coming to town.
# the life of brian
9 things we've learned from Brian Cowen at the banking inquiry (so far)
The former Taoiseach came out swinging at a lengthy hearing in Leinster House today. §
AS IT HAPPENED
Brian Cowen comes out swinging at the banking inquiry
The former Taoiseach discussed his time as finance minister.
# Banking Inquiry
Revealed: The Department of Finance's secret 'Johnny Logan working group'
A former senior finance official has revealed secret plans were made in case Ireland defaulted from the euro.
# fianna fáil family
'It's unfair to blame Brian, he's not here to defend himself' - Mary O'Rourke
The former minister has said Brian Cowen’s evidence at the banking inquiry will be “very illuminating”.
# good guys vs bad guys
'People want the drama of overpaid bankers and reckless developers, but it's not that simple'
A former top official at the Department of Finance said we are leaving our children with a huge bill.
# fianna fáil vs fianna fáil
“Bertie clearly wanted to get a lot off his chest"
Mary O’Rourke has revealed her thoughts on Bertie Ahern’s comments about Brian Lenihan.
# Bank Guarantee
Cowen nodded to Lenihan and said 'Come on, let's have a chat'
The former secretary general at the Department of Finance has been giving evidence at the banking inquiry.
# Brothers in Arms
'Whatever questions are put to Brian he won't be found wanting'
We asked Barry Cowen about his brother’s appearance before the banking inquiry next month.
# the regulator
Patrick Neary is 'deeply sorry' but the banks 'should have known what they were doing'
One TD was paraphrasing Oscar Wilde at the banking inquiry today.
# no dissenter
'The bank guarantee was traumatic, it wasn't pleasant for anyone in the room'
John Hurley, the former governor of the Central Bank, is before the banking inquiry today .
# sweet dreams
'On the night of the guarantee there was an announcement and we all went home to bed'
The Bank of Ireland’s former governor said Brian Cowen was the one who suddenly dropped the news.
# We all partied
Bank of Ireland CEO: 'We can repay people financially, but not morally'
Richie Boucher said bankers’ pre-crash salaries were “relatively generous”.
# State of the Nation
Will this man tell us why taxpayers had to repay bondholders?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# panic on the streets
Former AIB chief: 'I'm very sorry ... I feel deeply disappointed every day'
Eugene Sheehy said the bank took too many risks and he could have stopped this from happening.
# Banking Inquiry
Why bankers have to swear by almighty God to tell the truth - and what happens if they don't
Those who fail to cooperate with the inquiry or provide false information could face up to five years in prison.
# Banking Inquiry
AIB boss: 'I did my level best, but it wasn't enough. I can never get away from that'
Former AIB chair Dermot Gleeson is before the banking inquiry today.
# The Governator
Bankers were "unwise, rather than criminal" during the Celtic Tiger
But the Central Bank governor also wants to explode a few myths about the banking crisis.
# THE STORY SO FAR
Sexy corruption and 8 other things we've learned at the banking inquiry
The inquiry is finally up and running and it’s had its moments…
# power vs money
Frank Underwood quoted as banking inquiry hears 'corruption is sexy'
Surely none of our politicians are THAT corrupt?
# Notes on a scandal
Watch: Patrick Honohan bangs table as he comes to 'loggerheads' with Pearse Doherty
The banking inquiry got animated today.
# We all partied
'It felt great at the time. People didn't want to hear that something was wrong'
The banking inquiry heard from a former financial advisor to Brian Lenihan this afternoon.
# digestives and milk
Why this economist made a late-night dash for biscuits in the midst of the banking crisis
David McWilliams says he became a defacto advisor to Brian Lenihan before the 2008 bank guarantee.
# Too big to fail
'I do not think allowing Anglo to collapse would have been the right thing to do'
Former IMF and Irish financial official Dónal Donovan gives his 2c at the banking inquiry.
# insane
The bank guarantee 'was the most destructive own goal in history that sunk an entire nation'
Professor William Black told the banking inquiry that the decision to issue a blanket guarantee in 2008 was “insane”.
# Lenihan and Me
Patrick Honohan recalls chats with Brian Lenihan before and after guarantee
At the banking inquiry yesterday, the Central Bank governor recalled a conversation with the then-finance minister in December 2008.
# Banking Inquiry
'Not everyone partied but the bubble meant their lives were better'
Peter Nyberg said it’s “unlikely something really exciting and new will emerge” from the Oireachtas investigation.
# 6 Years On
30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee
What happened in the days and weeks leading up to the bank guarantee of 30 September 2008? TheJournal.ie presents an in-depth account from the people who were in the thick of it.