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Concerns about productivity drop with hybrid working

One in four employers say they are concerned about a possible decline in productivity as they move to a hybrid working model. The finding is contained in a survey of 160 businesses here carried out by professional services firm Aon. About 60% of the businesses said they were unclear as to whether the complexity of …

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Will inflation change the facts after Budget 2022?

In the run up to the Budget, the Government’s plans had been characterised as potentially “risky” and at the limit of what could be considered “prudent” by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. But on Budget night, according to IFAC, the Government had put the economy on “a more prudent path”. What fiscal miracle had occurred? …

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EU ‘won’t let Ireland be singled out’ in NI Protocol row

Ireland’s EU Commissioner has said Europe will not allow Ireland to be singled out in the fallout if negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol end in failure. Mairead McGuinness was commenting on the potential for the country to be disproportionately affected if there is a breakdown of the Brexit trading arrangement designed to prevent a …

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Budget to compensate most households for price growth – ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said Budget 2022 will on average compensate most households for price growth forecast for next year. In its post-Budget analysis to be presented today, the ESRI said above inflation increases to core social welfare payments as well as supplemental payments for dependents and those living alone are …

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Personal injury awards down 40% due to new guidelines, report finds

The value of average awards for personal injuries made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has fallen by 40% from last year’s levels, following the introduction of new Judicial Council guidelines in April. New research by PIAB shows that between 27 April and the end of September, average awards dropped from €23,877 to €14,233. …

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Brexit Impact Loan Scheme opens for applications

The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme, which is designed to help SMEs, farmers and fishers respond to the impact of Brexit has opened for applications today. The €330m scheme is the successor to the Brexit Loan Scheme, and is open to businesses in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors. The scheme provides low cost loans of …

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Oireachtas committee told poor pay and conditions responsible for hospitality labour shortage

The pay and conditions of hospitality workers has hit “rock bottom” and people are afraid to speak out about it, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. SIPTU organiser Denis Hynes told TDs and Senators that current labour shortages in the sector were not due to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, but rather as a result of poor …

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No guarantee that 22 October reopening will go as planned – Taoiseach

The Taoiseach has said he cannot guarantee that the 22 October phase of reopening will proceed as planned. Micheál Martin’s comments come as the Department of Health has been notified of 2,066 new coronavirus cases. He said a decision will be made early next week. Mr Martin said a presentation from Deputy Chief Medical Officer …

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EU proposal provides a ‘sensible solution’ – O’Neill

The latest EU proposal to address problems of post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland provides a “sensible solution” and a bespoke arrangement which can provide a way forward, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said. On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland the Sinn Féin vice president said the announcement has been “warmly welcomed” by the business …

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Donohoe announces €1.5bn in extra spending and tax cuts

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced €1.5bn in extra spending and tax cuts in Budget 2022. He said the measures would tackle the rising cost of living, while putting the public finances on a sustainable path as we emerge from the pandemic. But the Opposition accused the Government of being “out of touch” and …

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Earnings boost for workers as bands and credits rise

Workers who pay income tax at the higher rate should see their take home pay rising by around €420 next year as a result of changes announced in the budget. An increase in the standard rate tax band by €1,500 will see the threshold at which they pay the 40% higher rate of income tax …

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Budget 2022 puts economy on ‘prudent path’ – IFAC

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) said the Government has put the economy on a more “prudent path” after Budget 2022. IFAC said that in following its spending rule “even as revenues have surprised on the upside, the Government has the economy on a more prudent path that will reduce borrowing and the debt ratio …

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Thousands more carers in line to receive allowance in Budget

Thousands more carers are in line to receive the Carer’s Allowance under changes expected to be announced in the Budget tomorrow. It comes as an extra €200m in the Social Protection allocation was finalised tonight. The means-test for carers will be broadened to allow couples with a weekly income of up to €750, and single …

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Numbers on PUP fall below 100,000 for first time

Figures from the Department of Social Protection show that for the first time since the start of Covid-19, the number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen below the 100,000 mark. Today’s figures show that the weekly payments valued at €25.1m are to be issued to 97,130 people in receipt of …

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€1bn of new spending, tax cuts expected in today’s Budget

Budget 2022, which will be announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, followed by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath is expected to be a €4.7bn package – with €1bn in new spending and half a billion euro in tax cuts. An increase of €5 in the main weekly welfare payments …

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Construction sector activity slows again in September – Ulster Bank

Construction firms continued to experience strong growth in activity in September, despite the latest Ulster Bank Construction PMI easing for the fourth month in a row. The Ulster Bank Construction PMI – which track changes in total construction activity – posted a reading of 56.3 in September, down from 57.5 in August. Index readings above …

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Increase in fuel allowance likely to form part of Budget 2022

An increase in the fuel allowance and a widening of the eligibility criteria for the payment are likely to form part of tomorrow’s Budget. The final details will be signed-off on at a meeting of Cabinet, ahead of an announcement in the Dáil. After last year’s Budget was overshadowed by the Covid-19 crisis, this year …

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Used car prices surge nearly 50% due to pandemic, Brexit – report

Used car prices are now nearly 50% higher than they were just before the onset of the pandemic in January 2020, according to a new report by online marketplace, DoneDeal.ie. The research says the spike has been caused by a combination of the pandemic hitting supplies of new cars, as well as Brexit-induced trade barriers. …

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