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RTÉ to avail of Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme as revenues drop by up to 35pc

RTÉ will avail of the government’s emergency wage subsidy scheme to pay staff after revenue fell by up to 35pc during the coronavirus pandemic. It is understood that workers were notified today that the broadcaster will apply to participate in the Revenue scheme that funds up to 85pc of pay. Sources said an internal email to staff said that revenue had dropped by between 25pc and 35pc. The station is
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Taoiseach announces paid leave for partners of healthcare workers

Paid leave will be provided for the partners of healthcare workers to assist with childcare issues in the home, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed. Mr Varadkar, speaking in Dublin on Wednesday, said that a proposal was considered yesterday by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on childcare for frontline workers which has two aspects. The first is to provide paid leave to the partners of healthcare workers. This would
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Courts Service ‘appalled’ by large gathering today

The Courts Service has said it's "disappointed and appalled" that people chose, or organised, to attend court in large numbers today despite not being required to be there. It said they had endangered themselves, gardaí, court staff and court users and put them at risk of infection. In a statement, the service said it had been to the fore in accommodating the need to limit gatherings which might affect the
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More than 9,000 who tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered

More than 9,000 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Ireland have now recovered, official figures indicate. Statistics from the Department of Health show that 8,377 people have recovered in the community while 856 of those in hospital have also recovered. The figures, which are the most up to date available, are based on an analysis of the confirmed cases when the overall total stood at 15,186. The number of
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Health chiefs reveal 55% of people have recovered from Covid-19 as death toll rises by 44

There is no reason to assume that lockdown restrictions will be lifted on May 5, according to the Chief Medical Officer. Ireland recorded a further 44 deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland in the past 24 hours, with a total of 730 across the country. Despite the first publication of the numbers of people who have fully recovered from the virus around 55%, at 9,233, medical experts warned against public complacency,
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All mass gatherings in State set to be banned until autumn

All mass gathering of over 5000 people will be banned until September 1st under plans set to be announced by the Government due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Government sources said local authorities will be told not to grant licences for large events in this period due to the coronavirus crisis. It is understood the decision was taken by Ministers at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. The decision means
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Donohoe says ‘severe recession’ hitting Ireland as GDP set to fall 10.5% and unemployment to peak at 22%

STARK WARNINGS ABOUT the impact of Covid-19 on the public finances were given to Cabinet today by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Ministers were today warned about the full extent the pandemic will have on Ireland’s economy this year. Speaking to reporters after today’s meeting, Donohoe said unemployment is predicted to hit 22%, while a 10.5% fall in GDP is also on the cards. He said: “The Irish economic landscape, in
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Ironman Cork rescheduled for August 2021

After assessing all scenarios and in alignment with Cork County Council in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRONMAN Ireland, Cork originally scheduled for June 21 will not take place in 2020 and has been rescheduled to return on August 15, 2021. We are working diligently on alternative racing options and will provide you with further details by May 8, 2020. This includes the IRONKIDS Ireland, Cork, originally scheduled for June
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Coronavirus: Simon Coveney criticises the ‘false info’ relating to outbreak on social media

he Tánaiste says fake news has been particularly prevalent this week. Simon Coveney says there have been separate false reports pretending to be from him and the Chief Medical Officer. "Last few days saw a lot of false info on social media," he wrote, citing, amongst other examples, a letter pertaining from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, telling publicans that their premises will remain closed until the end
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Lifting restrictions will be ‘slow and controlled’, says Covid-19 advisory group

Lifting restrictions on people’s movements will happen in a “slow and controlled manner”, the chairman of the Covid-19 expert advisory group has said. Cillian De Gascun said some businesses might open at a reduced capacity but society will not immediately return to how it was as restrictions will be removed gradually. Speaking to RTÉ Radio One, Dr De Gascun said some non-essential workers may be able to return to their workplace,
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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar. He was speaking as part of a video address to medical students at University College Cork (UCC), whose graduation was brought
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Hundreds of tablet devices donated to Covid-19 patients to help them contact loved ones

MANY CRITICALLY ILL Covid-19 patients who are unable to see their families while in intensive care will be given access to video-conferencing equipment following a huge fundraising campaign. Restrictions on visitors mean that patients battling coronavirus can go for weeks without seeing family or friends. A number of people have died without having the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones because many hospitals in Ireland are operating a
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Driving License and NCT Certs extended for four months

ALL drivers licences and learner permits due to expire before June 30 will be valid for another FOUR MONTHS. The extension is being granted for all licences, permits, NCTs, and theory and competency certificates. The change means that for any person whose licence, permit, certificate, or NCT expires today, it will be valid for an extra four months. The same circumstances will apply to anyone whose documentation is due to expire
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Banks look to extend mortgage payment breaks to six months

Borrowers who have been hit financially by Covid-19 could be offered a six-month break on their mortgage payments if talks between the banks’ lobbying body and the Central Bank of Ireland are successful. At present, customers who have been hit financially by the pandemic, can apply to their lender for a three-month break in their payments, without being classified as in arrears. To date, some 45,000 payment breaks have been agreed between lenders
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Cocooning is advisory, not mandatory, Government confirms

People at risk who have been advised to cocoon will not face criminal sanction if they venture out, the Department of Health has confirmed. On March 28th the Health Service Executive (HSE) introduced cocooning measures for those over 70 and patients under that age who are organ transplant recipients, cancer survivors or have a serious respiratory condition such as cystic fibrosis, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The HSE has “strongly advised” those
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Minister announces increase to wage subsidy scheme

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said for incomes that are less than approximately €24,400 per year, the State will increase the subsidy available to employers from 70% to 85%. For those employees with previous average net pay between €412 and €500 per week (equivalent to €24,400-€31,000), the subsidy will be up to €350 per week. The aim of the scheme is to maximise staff retention and firm viability by
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How scientists are winning the fight against Covid-19

"If there was ever a good time for this to happen, it's kind of now," Professor Luke O'Neill from Trinity College Dublin tells me. In the last 15 years, what science understands about vaccines and viruses has developed hugely. Now, that knowledge is being put to the test, to put it mildly. Across the world, medical scientists are working hour-by-hour to try to us get beyond our new day-to-day existence. The pandemic has
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Deal reached to re-deploy health care staff to private nursing homes

A voluntary process has been agreed between unions and the Health Service Executive to allow nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare staff to be redeployed into private nursing homes during the Covid-19 crisis. INMO Industrial Relations Officer Tony Fitzpatrick said it has been agreed that in an emergency situation public sector staff will work in private nursing homes to ensure patients are looked after. Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O’Rourke,
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Cork County Council Service Update

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced a mortgage break scheme to assist local authority borrowers who are experiencing financial distress relating to Covid-19. A list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the scheme can be downloaded on the following link:…/local-authority-home-loan-mortgag… If you wish to apply for a mortgage break, the application form can be downloaded on the following link:…/mortgage-payment-break-applicatio…
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Ireland facing ‘some of its darkest days’, warns Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland will face some of its darkest days in the weeks ahead, as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus. In a video message posted on Twitter, Mr Varadkar said that the country is preparing to reach its Covid-19 peak later this month. “The number of hospitalisations and sadly the number of deaths continues to rise,” he said. “So we cannot lose focus.