The Week that was
Published 23/01/2016 | 02:30
A look back at the week's events.
Fianna Fáil's rivals are to step up efforts to "marginalise" the party and its leader, Micheál Martin, during the upcoming General Election campaign as they seek to portray him as increasingly irrelevant. Political opponents are preparing to seize on the perceived lack of direction from Mr Martin, presenting him as a leader who would prefer to remain in opposition.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has slapped down the scandal-ridden garda watchdog for snooping on the phone records of journalists. The stinging rebuke places immense pressure on the board of the embattled Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).