The Week that was

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Mon­day

■ A MAS­SIVE tax hike on land sales to help pay for the Bud­get risks mak­ing the hous­ing cri­sis worse, the Govern­ment has been warned. Mean­while, a 30c hike to the min­i­mum wage, to €9.55, will also be di­vi­sive with Brexit on the hori­zon.

As Fi­nance Min­is­ter Paschal Dono­hoe (above) fi­nalised Bud­get

2018, he was al­ready fac­ing a back­lash over plans to tar­get com­mer­cial prop­erty.

Tues­day

■ BRI­TAIN and its Euro­pean Union part­ners clashed over which side should make the next move to un­block Brexit talks.

UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May (above) made clear in a speech she de­liv­ered to the Bri­tish par­lia­ment that she hoped her EU part­ners would make pro­pos­als at a new round of talks open­ing the way to the next stage of ne­go­ti­a­tions, say­ing: “The ball is in their court.”

Wed­nes­day

■ FI­NANCE Min­is­ter Paschal Dono­hoe has de­liv­ered a Bud­get that gives small amounts to al­most all sec­tors of so­ci­ety.

How­ever, spend­ing will be paid for by hikes in a se­ries of taxes, which he is gam­bling on com­ing in on tar­get.

Thurs­day

■ A PEN­SION ano­maly that means thou­sands of women are los­ing out on pay­ments will not be fixed any time soon – be­cause it would cost too much to do, the Fi­nance Min­is­ter ad­mit­ted.

Paschal Dono­hoe said it is “bonkers and un­be­liev­able” that women are los­ing out on pen­sion pay­ments due to a re­cent change in the rules.

Fri­day

■ PEO­PLE have died by sui­cide be­cause banks took their tracker mort­gages away, forc­ing them to over­pay, a Dáil com­mit­tee was told.

The trauma suf­fered by home­own­ers who had the mort­gages taken off them was spelled out in har­row­ing de­tail by vic­tims of the scan­dal.

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