LIT welcomes €168 million package of supports for further and higher education institutions

Limerick Institute of Technology has welcomed the €168 million package of supports for further and higher education institutions and students, announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State Niall Collins TD. President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “The funding will support us as we […]

July Stimulus is a timely confidence and investment boost – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has strongly welcomed the July Stimulus package announced from Government today, the largest single economic stimulus in the history of the State.  Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “On behalf of the Irish business community, today’s stimulus package of increased public spending, investment and tax supports is a welcome and important step in rebooting the economy. Government has taken […]

July stimulus package is the last chance for many Irish SMEs

Small businesses report average fixed cost losses of over €153,000 in ‘Covid-19 loss assessment’ survey   A robust and fit for purpose July stimulus package that delivers the urgent low-cost liquidity, ideally in the form of grants, required by small businesses must be the Government’s principal mechanism to ensure the SME sector survives. That’s according […]

Family ‘Dogfished’ by Dachshund Doggy Dealer

20% of people who purchased a dog during lockdown collected him/her the same day   Online search for buying a puppy has increased 400%   82% of those surveyed paid cash for their dog Dogs Trust Ireland is warning the public about the dangers of being ‘dogfished’ by unscrupulous ‘doggy dealers’ who are putting profits […]

Has your sense of smell or taste changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Researchers from Teagasc and UCD are working with sensory scientists from research institutions across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to understand how COVID-19 has affected people’s ability to smell and taste. The Smell and Taste Evaluation in Ireland (STEVIE) survey was launched today, Tuesday, 7 July, in response to reports that COVID-19 can […]

Fáilte Ireland unveils new domestic marketing campaign and new COVID-19 Safety Charter to boost public confidence

Fáilte Ireland is revealing its new national domestic marketing campaign to the tourism and hospitality industry today. ‘Ireland, make a break for it’ will go live across media this weekend in what will be a major drive to encourage people to take domestic breaks this summer. The National Tourism Development Authority is also launching a […]

ALONE release Health and Wellbeing plan to support older people amid the COVID-19 pandemic

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has released a Health and Wellbeing plan, addressing key issues which continue to affect the health and wellbeing of older people across the country as we move into the later stages of the COVID-19 Roadmap. The initiative came about as part of ALONE’s response to COVID-19; however it is also […]

ALONE responds positively to updated Programme for Government

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has responded to the updated Programme for Government document released earlier today. The organisation was pleased to see that the Programme for Government contained significantly more references to older people than previous documents, including policies on the right to home care, the commitment to Sláintecare and positive housing […]

Teagasc publish analysis of farm income impacts of COVID-19

A new report by Teagasc economists explores the possible impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in Ireland this year. Analysis of a range of scenarios finds that income in 2020 across the sector as a whole will drop relative to the income forecast for 2020 in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenario impacts […]

60% of entrepreneurs anticipate a return to normal trading within 12 months

Despite serious challenges entrepreneurs remain positive on outlook for 2021 Half of entrepreneurs expect to increase headcount in 2021 70% of entrepreneurs say Government has been supportive Revenues fall for 76% of entrepreneurs since start of crisis   In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs across the island remain positive, with 60% anticipating a […]

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