The Week that was
A look back at the events of the past week
The president of the IFA has said the news that former chief executive Pat Smith was on a salary of €445,000 came as a "total shock" to him. Speaking publicly for the first time since the controversy erupted, Eddie Downey said farmers were "absolutely right to be angry".
Ireland has around 100 elite gardaí and soldiers who are adequately armed and trained to confront lethal terrorist groups such as Isil. The State's elite counter terrorism units - comprising the Garda Emergency Response Unit and the Army Ranger Wing - have significantly increased their training to deal with the threat.