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The Week that was

Monday

Bus Éireann is to cut up to 100 services, leaving many towns and villages without a direct bus link to the capital. The sweeping changes to routes will see 198 services each day being halved to just 105 in affected areas.

The health insurance market is set for its biggest shake-up as insurers attempt to sign up thousands of people before new rules price them out of the market for ever. GloHealth, VHI, Laya and Aviva are all targeting patients ahead of new rules on premiums being introduced.

Tuesday

A Supreme Court ruling supports the so-called parent rule, which allows schools to reserve places for children of past pupils. But Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan , below, indicates she will introduce restrictions.

The Government rejects IAG's offer for Aer Lingus, pending more details and assurances being given by the owners of British Airways.

Wednesday

The European Central Bank (ECB) softens its stance on dealing with the Banking Inquiry by agreeing to engage in "informal" talks.

The wife of Graham Dwyer tells his murder trial that a spade found near the skeletal remains of Elaine O'Hara, below, is one which was missing from their garden in the months leading up to the discovery of Ms O'Hara's body.

Thursday

220 workers at Cadbury in Dublin and Kerry will lose their jobs as the chocolate maker stops production of some bars and shuts a chewing gum factory in Tallaght.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's reorganisation of the force will see almost 100 gardaí redeployed.

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