The Week that was
Published 19/12/2015 | 02:30
A look back at the past week
Retailers in flood-stricken towns have lost millions after shoppers stayed away on what should have been one of the busiest weekends of the year. A perception that affected towns are "no-go areas" has led to people avoiding them in their droves - even though a majority of shops remain open and most are unaffected by the flooding. Above, picture shows flooding outside Athlone.
Several members of the IFA's full-time management executive are on basic salaries of more than €160,000 a year.
And at least one former IFA president received an exit package as his term of office came to a close. The latest revelations in the IFA's pay saga come as the review of the association's finances and salaries structure is published.
'Star Wars' fever takes a grip on the country as the film opens in Dublin. Below, Blathnaid Treacy is pictured with a stormtrooper at the Irish premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', at the Savoy cinema in Dublin.
The Labour Party is upping the ante on Fine Gael in the war over low-paid voters, by pledging to increase the minimum wage by more than €2 per hour if re-elected to government. Labour's election manifesto has promised to ensure every worker in the country earns at least €11.30 an hour by the end of the next Dáil term.
Labour Employment Minister Ged Nash made the announcement.
The prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy is facing a potential prison term of up to five years after he was convicted of tax fraud. Murphy's conviction is hugely embarrassing for Sinn Féin, after its president, Gerry Adams, infamously lionised him as a "good republican".