Thousands of people are left without electricity as winds batter the country. A long-awaited report into planning corruption is published. Ireland’s Olympic team returns home from London with pride of place going to Katie Taylor. The cost of bailing out the banks hits home as the IMF and the EU insist on a new property tax. The death of 31 year old Savita Halappanavar unleashes a political storm. Seán Quinn is declared bankrupt in the Republic of Ireland.