Tuesday 27 September 2016

The Week that was

Published 15/08/2015 | 02:30

Monday

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A planning application to build the new children's hospital has been finally submitted to An Bord Pleanála The project included a hospital, parent accommodation, and academic and research buildings on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin, along with two out-patient and urgent care centres at Blanchardstown and Tallaght. Health Minister Leo Varadkar (above).

Tuesday

The estimated 9,000 householders who have rented out rooms to tourists using Airbnb will now have their details handed over to the Revenue Commissioners. Revenue later said it will not seek to bring prosecutions against people who have not paid tax on earnings from renting out rooms on Airbnb. Wednesday

"One word keeps coming out and that's Karen is our little angel," said her father, John Buckley, (above) after her murderer Alexander Pacteau pleaded guilty to her murder. Mr Buckley said that Karen would live forever in the broken hearts of his family.

Thursday

As the Leaving Cert results are published, it emerges that parents face borrowing more than €5,000 a year to put their children through college. The average contribution being made by parents to the cost of living of their children in third-level education is now €450 a month. Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan (above).

Friday The Government relaxed building standards for one-off homes and extensions, despite being warned by officials it would create a "two-tier" housing system and put homeowners at risk. Officials told Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Housing Minister Paudie Coffey that easing standards aimed at preventing shoddy building work could leave homeowners "vulnerable".

Irish Independent

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