The Week that was
A look back at the week's events.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is pinning Fine Gael's re-election prospects on a new cut to the deeply unpopular Universal Social Charge (USC) that will leave workers up to €500 better off next year. In a major pre-election pledge, Mr Kenny will announce his intention to cut the top rate of USC by at least 1pc in October's Budget in a clear bid to court the support of low- and middle-income earners.
Insurance companies are now scrutinising applications for cover for homes and businesses up to half a kilometre from water. Thousands of property owners are already being refused cover, even though State-funded flood defences have been put in place, it has emerged.