The Week that was
Published 08/08/2015 | 02:30
Blind Date host and British TV star Cilla Black is found dead in her holiday home abroad at the age of 72. Ms Black, who was one of Britain's best loved entertainers, is believed to have suffered a stroke.
Every car on the road is to be linked directly to the driver's licence for the first time in a crackdown on the implementation of penalty points. A new central register will now be accessible to the Court Service, the gardaí and the Road Safety Authority.
New housing figures reveal construction activity is happening in the wrong areas, and the number of homes being built is still way below that needed to meet demand. Building in parts of Dublin and the commuter belt has actually slowed down, despite a severe housing shortage.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly and the Government launched a blistering attack on Eurostat, accusing the statistics agency of misrepresenting "fundamental issues of fact" when it ruled that Irish Water's borrowings must remain on the State's balance sheet.
Labour party Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan was rounded on by Fine Gael TDs for insisting no one should be forced to baptise their child to get them into a particular school. FG TDs took issue with Ms O'Sullivan for broaching the divisive subject of school patronage so close to an election.