Thursday 29 September 2016

The Week that was

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

Monday

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Judges have come under fire over the scale of compensation claims. Large awards are just one of the factors being blamed for a 30pc hike in motor insurance premiums over the past year, a report found.

Tuesday

Fianna Fáil is finalising a draft of its proposed law to scrap Irish Water in a move that will ramp up the tension with Fine Gael. As talks on government formation enter a critical phase, Fianna Fáil strategists say the bill - suspending water charges and abolishing the utility - will be presented to acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny within days. (Above, Micheál Martin.)

Wednesday

It was reported that some families are facing a hike of up to €700 per year in health insurance premiums within weeks. And additional price rises are also forecast to be on the way later in the year. Laya and GloHealth are both hiking prices for their policies - just a week after VHI announced rises.

Thursday

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (above) revealed that he was prepared to offer Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin a rotating Taoiseach role to tempt him into a grand coalition. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil would also have an equal share of ministerial positions. Some Independent TDs would also be involved in the coalition. Friday

■ Talks on an FF/FG government end after just 15 minutes when Micheál Martin rejects offer from Enda Kenny. Above, Ministers Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald address media outside Dáil.

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