Quotes of the week
"There was absolutely no need, ever, to rubbish the Senate." Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children, who also described the failed campaign to abolish Seanad Eireann as "demeaning".
"This is the worst storm in 15 years... Working conditions in many areas of the country remain extremely difficult as a result of the dangerously high winds and lightning." Eircom spokesman on winds, heavy rainfall and lightning storms.
"Most retailers who opened yesterday reported that sales were up by over 20 per cent." Retail Excellence Ireland, which reported that St Stephen's Day sales were the busiest in six years.