Sunday 23 October 2016

The Week that was

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30


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THE rise in rents and a growing accommodation crisis are now being linked directly by ministers to the botched attempt to bring in rent controls, which is dividing the Coalition. The rift is seen as a symptom of Environment Minister Alan Kelly's abrasive style and is causing mounting tensions within the Government.


Scotland Yard detectives have swooped to arrest a Northern Ireland schoolboy in connection with a huge cyber attack. The 15-year-old youth, who can not be identified, was arrested at his home in Co Antrim.


Broken-hearted mother Gillian Treacy tells of her grief after her four-year-old son was killed by a drink driver. Ciaran Treacy (above) died in a head-on collision as his mother drove him and his brother home. Mrs Treacy said in her victim impact statement that some nights were so unbearable for her and husband Ronan, that "I just wanted to die". Thursday

Higher third-level fees funded through a student-loan system is the frontrunner in options being considered by an expert group set up to advise the Government on financing the soaring cost of college education.


Meetings where Taoiseach Enda Kenny says issues such as having the Army available to guard ATMs were discussed were kept off-diary and secret from most members of the Cabinet. A series of secret meetings took place in 2012, as the euro appeared to be edging ever closer towards collapse.

Irish Independent

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