Saturday 24 March 2018

The Week that was


The first update to guidelines on personal injury awards in more than a decade is to recommend higher, not lower, payouts. This week the Irish Independent launched a campaign to tackle high insurance costs, as further price hikes are looming


A busy week for Environment Minister Simon Coveney (above) as a plan to cap bin charges for 12 months is mired in doubt, with questions lingering over whether the freeze can be enforced. The new pay-by-weight system is supposed to be delayed after bin companies proposed freezing charges for a year amid controversy about some families being forced to pay hugely inflated bills. Wednesday

Brexit could cost the Irish economy between €2.5bn-€3bn over the next two years, potentially wiping out room for tax cuts and extra spending. Finance Minister Michael Noonan (above) tried to play down the risk, saying the reduction in growth would be "containable".


Irish fans "sang like Christy and danced like Flatley" after Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to qualify for the last 16 at the Euro 2016 Championships in France, with a goal from Robbie Brady (above).


Britain was on the brink of making an historic decision in a vote deemed too close to call on leaving the EU. Turnout was unexpectedly high, despite flooding in some parts. Early indications pointed towards a victory for Remain but, as the night went on, the balance shifted towards a Brexit - the result of which threw the EU into crisis.

Irish Independent

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