Tuesday 28 February 2017

The Week that was

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Enda Kenny. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Enda Kenny. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A look back at the week's events.


Taoiseach Enda Kenny is pinning Fine Gael's re-election prospects on a new cut to the deeply unpopular Universal Social Charge (USC) that will leave workers up to €500 better off next year. In a major pre-election pledge, Mr Kenny will announce his intention to cut the top rate of USC by at least 1pc in October's Budget in a clear bid to court the support of low- and middle-income earners.


Insurance companies are now scrutinising applications for cover for homes and businesses up to half a kilometre from water. Thousands of property owners are already being refused cover, even though State-funded flood defences have been put in place, it has emerged.

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