Monday 24 October 2016

The Week that was

Published 30/07/2016 | 02:30


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POOR teachers face being struck off as disciplinary hearings are introduced for the first time in this country. The inquiries, similar to those conducted for doctors and nurses, will investigate cases of underperformance and serious misconduct.


British Prime Minister Theresa May (above) indicates that there will have to be some changes to the Border in the wake of the Brexit result. She was speaking in advance of a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in London and said that when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union: "Of course Northern Ireland will have a border with the Republic of Ireland."


Isil begins a new front in its war with the West by murdering a French priest (85) in the first such attack on a Christian church in Europe. Two terrorists - one of whom had an electronic tag due to terror links - cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel (above) after taking worshippers hostage during Mass at a church in Normandy.


Garda and military intelligence units have increased their monitoring of suspected jihadi sympathisers here in an attempt to prevent the spread of terrorism to this country. Senior security advisers are particularly concerned at the rise in the number of 'lone wolf' strikes on the continent, such as the truck attack in Nice that killed 84 people.


Ireland's income tax system hurts middle-income earners, creates welfare traps and puts high-skilled foreign workers off coming here, a damning report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says. The Government has promised to do more to help middle-income families. The IMF is also critical of the policy of taking lower-income families out of the tax net altogether.

Irish Independent

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