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Covid-19 hits labour force towards end of first quarter – CSO

The Central Statistics Office’s latest Labour Force Survey shows that a total of 2,353,500 people were employed in the first quarter of 2020. This gives an associated employment rate of 69.8% for those aged between 15 and 64 years, the CSO added. But when the effects of the coronavirus are taken into account, the Covid-19 Adjusted […]

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EU Commission recommends Ireland broaden its tax bases

The European Commission is recommending that Ireland takes all necessary measures to effectively address the Covid-19 pandemic, sustain the economy and support the recovery that follows. It also says the tax base here should be broadened over this year and next. “The challenges facing Ireland in regard to poverty and employment quality and support, including […]

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Ireland could run €30bn deficit this year, Donohoe tells Dáil

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said that there is a possibility that Ireland will run a deficit of €30 billion this year. “We expect public debt to increase significantly this year,” the Minister said. Speaking in the Dáil, Paschal Donohoe said the deficit can be financed at low interest rates at the moment but he said sentiment […]

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76% of businesses still trading despite Covid-19 – CSO

The Central Statistics Office has found that a majority of companies have continued to trade through the Covid-19 pandemic.   In the second of the CSO’s new Covid-19 business surveys, conducted in the week beginning May 3, 76% of companies which responded said they were continuing to trade.  But 23.9% indicated they had ceased trading […]

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Labour Court to begin virtual case hearings from 2 June

The Labour Court is to convene virtual case hearings for the first time from 2 June in order to comply with public health guidelines on the coronavirus. The majority of currently scheduled hearings involve industrial relations matters and will be heard in private. However, in a statement, the Labour Court says it is satisfied that […]

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Number of people on Pandemic Unemployment Payment dips

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen slightly by 5,000 to 584,600 over the last week, new figures show.  Of those, 7,000 are receiving the €350 weekly payment for the first time.   A further 214,700 people were receiving Jobseekers’ Benefit of €203 a week at the end of April.  […]

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France and Germany to propose €500bn EU recovery fund

France and Germany have agreed to propose creating a €500 billion Recovery Fund that would offer grants to European member states and regions hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis. In what French President Emmanuel Macron said was a “major step forward”, the two countries said they were also proposing to allow the European Commission to […]

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Euro zone economy won’t hit pre-crisis level until 2021 at earliest – Lane

The coronavirus-hit euro zone economy probably will not return to its pre-pandemic levels until next year at the earliest, the European Central Bank’s chief economist said today. But Philip Lane said that the ECB was prepared to tweak its tools if needed.   “From today’s perspective, it looks in any case unlikely that economic activity […]

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European new car sales down 78.3% in April

European passenger car sales slumped in April as the first full month with restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic across the continent dragged sales to a record drop, data showed today.  In April, new car registrations dropped by 78.3% to 292,182 vehicles in the European Union, Britain and the European Free Trade Association countries. This […]

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NAMA paid €5.65m in legal fees last year

Dublin-based legal firm McCann Fitzgerald last year received €1.54m in legal fees from the National Asset Management Agency. That is according to new figures provided by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in a written Dáil reply to Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett. In the figures provided by Mr Donohoe, NAMA last year […]

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