Friday 24 January 2020

The Week that was


THE Government faced a backlash from first-time buyers when it emerged they would be locked out of a proposed lucrative Budget tax-relief scheme - worth as much as €10,000 - because they bought homes just before a mid-July deadline.


Insurance companies are set to clamp down heavily on young drivers getting cover in their parents' name, but being the only user of the car themselves. Younger drivers reacted with fury to suggestions by Aviva that they are acting fraudulently by being named drivers on policies taken out by their parents. They say they have no other way of getting on the road as insurance is so expensive.

DONALD Trump (above) blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself after he was forced into defence by Hillary Clinton's cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. The Republican nominee did his best to defend himself against some of Clinton's most damaging attacks, even when the explanations seemed only to further damage his image among the voters he needs to win.


THE Budget Day tax package will spread €330m so thin that most workers are unlikely to feel any real impact in their wallets, the Irish Independent revealed. Finance Minister Michael Noonan's (right) plan will attempt to please businesses and farmers - but will see the so-called squeezed middle gain as little as €2 a week.


RANK and file gardaí said they plan an unprecedented four-day strike in November after embarking on a campaign of industrial action in a row over their pay and conditions. They will not report for duty on November 4, 11, 18 and 25 (all Fridays) after rejecting a deal struck with the Government on the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

BATHERS and beachgoers were warned to exercise caution after a massive infestation of deadly Portuguese man o'war jellyfish , on the south, west and northwest coasts.

Irish Independent

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