The Week that was
Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30
A look back at the news this past week
State-rescued Permanent TSB is making secret "bonus" payments to key staff, it has been confirmed. A select group of staff are getting payments that work out at up to 11pc on top of their salaries, the Irish Independent revealed.
Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said baptising children purely so they can secure a school place is an "abuse" of the sacrament.There has been intense debate about so-called 'baptisms of convenience' because of the pressure for places in over-subscribed Catholic schools.
The Government is abandoning controversial plans to change the rules on school admissions. Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan had announced that schools would be allowed to reserve only one in 10 places for the children of past pupils.
The threat of severe flooding will hang over towns along the River Shannon for at least another week as more heavy rain sweeps in off the Atlantic. Water levels on the Shannon are expected to reach 2009 levels - the highest on record, which saw large swathes of the country underwater - by the weekend.
The arrests and brief prison sentences served by TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly (above)has cost the State up to €8,000. The outspoken politicians returned to the Dáil yesterday after being arrested and imprisoned for the non-payment of fines arising from their security breaches at Shannon Airport.