The Week that was
Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30
The Labour Party is promising tax cuts for individuals with incomes up to €120,000, while those above that figure can look forward to an effective tax freeze. Tánaiste Joan Burton will seek to entice the middle class and high earners with a series of tax reforms that she says will raise the standard of living.
A surge in consumer spending has helped pour €3bn more into the State's coffers than was predicted at the start of last year. New figures showed forecasts set out by Finance Minister Michael Noonan (below) as recently as Budget Day in October underestimated the tax to be collected in the final three months of the year alone by €1bn.
The Government's flooding crisis plan came under strong attack after it emerged a "talking shop" is to be set up to try and co-ordinate the huge number of agencies involved in the River Shannon. As communities continue to reel from the effects of storms Desmond and Frank, it was revealed that the centrepiece of the Coalition's strategy is the establishment of a new taskforce.
A third of the 300 beds promised last autumn to prevent hospital overcrowding are still not open, as almost 500 patients languish on trolleys nationwide.
Murder accused Molly Martens Corbett (above) admitted killing her Irish husband, a US court was told. Ms Martens (32) is alleged to have made the admission to her sister-in-law in the hours after her husband, Jason Corbett (39), died from head injuries at their home in North Carolina.