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Electricity and heating expenses for a key ministry increased by just under € 500,000 in 2020, despite the majority of civil servants working from home during the pandemic. The Ministry of Social Protection, the body responsible for key social assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic, spent € 4m on utility costs for its …

Five times as many Covid-19 tests are needed every day in Ireland to try to control the spread of the virus, according to a UCD virologist. Assistant professor of virology Gerald Barry said he was concerned the Omicron variant could increase the number of cases and called the preliminary data from South Africa “troubling.” He …

Ireland is reimposing strict Covid-19 restrictions, including closing nightclubs and limiting private gatherings. Taoiseach Micheal Martin said Ireland would reintroduce some Covid-19 restrictions, following “very harsh” advice from Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. “My message tonight is difficult,” he told the country in a nationwide address. “I understand and share the disappointment and frustration …

Irish authorities have announced that from December 3, all arrivals from other territories will be required to test negative for the coronavirus upon arrival. Such a move comes with the aim of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, in particular the Omicron variant which has started to affect several European countries, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com. Irish authorities …

The Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland did not “shatter” Northern Ireland’s constitutional status in the UK, as some trade unionists have argued, a government lawyer said in a Belfast court. Tony McGleenan QC was opening his defense of the protocol against a legal challenge brought by a group of Unionist politicians including Traditional Unionist Voice …

The health ministry said extended powers to put health warnings on alcohol labels and limit alcohol advertising must first be passed on to the European Commission before they can take effect. The ministry confirmed that other articles of the Public Health (Alcohol) Law are due to come into force next year. Section 4, which allows …

The rollout of booster vaccines will be stepped up amid fears that the potentially highly infectious new variant of Covid-19 will soon spread in this country. Here are concerns that the newly classified variant of concern could put people at an increased risk of re-infection. It comes as Ireland continues to grapple with the more …

The Central Bank will impose new financial rules on real estate funds, warning that a massive sale of assets by these entities could destabilize the sector. In its latest financial stability review, the regulator said real estate funds now hold 40% of the Republic’s commercial residential real estate assets, worth an estimated 23 billion euros, …

The government plans to introduce security legislation that will allow it to exclude “high risk” telecommunications providers from being used in critical parts of Ireland’s next generation broadband network. The Cabinet decided to give Communications Minister Eamon Ryan the legal authority to conduct assessments of potential providers of 5G services – the replacement mobile broadband …

The latest rent report from Daft.ie once again confirms the crisis in our private rental market. The rents are too high. The supply is too low. And the government rent regulation is not working. Much of the public debate has focused on short-term issues. Brexit and Covid have disrupted supply chains, blocked construction and increased …