Saturday 17 August 2019

The Week that was

Monday

The class divide in Irish third-level education is revealed as new figures show how students from better-off families take most of the places in the country's top universities. Teenagers from wealthier homes are filling the lion's share of the most sought-after honours degree courses, including elite high-points programmes.

Tuesday

Landlords who try to evict tenants by claiming they are selling their properties will be forced to provide written proof of the sale or else face a fine of up to €3,000. The measure is part of a crackdown on "unscrupulous landlords" by Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Landlords will have to provide written evidence, in the form of a statutory declaration signed by a solicitor or auctioneer, to tenants outlining their intention to sell.

Wednesday

Tech giant Apple announces 1,000 new jobs as CEO Tim Cook visits Ireland to mark expansion of its Cork Campus. Mr Cook (above) says an EU tax probe will not affect its Irish operations.

Thursday

A woman who duped her female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man for two years has been jailed for eight years by a UK court. Gayle Newland (25) disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to put on a blindfold when they met up. The pair had sex about 10 times until the complainant ripped off her mask and in disbelief saw Newland (above) wearing a prosthetic penis.

Friday

US announces that it targeted Isil militant 'Jihadi John' (below) in a drone strike in Syria, saying it is "highly likely" he has been killed. The Kuwaiti-born British militant appeared in videos of the beheadings of Western hostages.

Irish Independent

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