The Week that was
Two hundred of the most prolific offenders in the State will be targeted by gardaí in a new nationwide crackdown on crime. The operation, launched this week, will focus on high-volume crimes like burglaries and is aimed at putting the thugs behind bars.
Central Bank officials ignored warnings about the overheating housing market and fragile banking system, a former executive claims. Frank Browne says important information about the health of the financial system was "suppressed".
The amount of time allocated in Catholic schools to teach children about their own religion is to be cut. The teaching of religion in primary schools is facing its biggest ever shake-up with controversial plans for the first State programme in the subject. Government education advisers have unveiled proposals for a ground-breaking Education about Religion and Beliefs and Ethics subject. Above: Education Minister Jan O Sullivan.
Bank of Ireland has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown over plans to heavily restrict cash transactions in its branches. The bank was hit with a storm of protest after this newspaper revealed its plans to restrict over-the-counter withdrawals and lodgements.
After a barage of criticism from groups representing consumers, farmers, older people, rural dwellers and bank workers, the bank conceded that "vulnerable" customers could continue to get cash and make withdrawals. Above: BoI CEO Richie Boucher.
The Department of Justice believes members of the judiciary do not view burglary as a serious offence. A senior department official pointed to cases where burglary suspects were arrested but given bail, only to go on and offend again.