Saturday 22 October 2016

The Week that was

Published 24/09/2016 | 02:30


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THE stud farm owned by the ruler of Dubai and one of the Arab world's richest royals has received more than €300,000 in single-farm payments from the EU over the past two years.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who bought the Kildangan stud in Co Kildare in 1986, has a fortune estimated at close to €18bn.


A NEW report reveals that a broken income tax system, rather than the USC, is squeezing middle-income earners.

Workers on middle incomes are paying more income tax than workers in Britain, Sweden, Spain, the US and Switzerland. Finance Minister Michael Noonan (above) unveils his Budget next month.


CENTRAL Bank mortgage caps are to blame for fewer new homes being built - making it harder for first-time buyers to get into the property market. The findings have emerged against a backdrop of a chronic shortage of homes to buy, which is pushing up prices and has sent rents to levels even higher than before the crash.


THE threat of an all-out transport strike now looms after unions warned that bus and rail workers would join forces to bring the country to a complete standstill. With 15 more strikes planned at Dublin Bus and the prospect of stoppages at Bus Éireann, sources warned that rail workers will be next to down tools in support. Transport Minister Shane Ross (above) has refused to intervene.


A pensioner was killed when an explosion caused an ambulance to catch fire outside a busy A&E.

Christopher Byrne (79) died and paramedics Stephen Lloyd and Dave Finnegan were injured in the fire at Naas General Hospital, Co Kildare. It is believed that an oxygen tank may have caused the explosion.

Irish Independent

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