The Government looks set to unveil an unprecedented income-support scheme in the coming days in which it will pay 75% or 80% of the wages of the thousands of workers who have lost and will lose their jobs amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has criticised one of the country’s most senior civil servants for making “zero effort to answer the questions” posed by the committee regarding the Public Services Card.
Bus and rail workers have voted unanimously to walk off the job in the face of escalating antisocial behaviour all over the country. At the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) biennial conference in Cork, workers reported that robberies, threats, assaults and racist abuse are happening on an almost daily basis.
While virtue-signalling legislators can declare as many climate change emergencies as they fancy, the practicalities of achieving substantial reductions in the use of the fossil fuels on which advanced economies currently rely cannot be under-estimated.
Fianna Fáil has claimed the consortium behind the Government's broadband project may be planning to hit households with new charges to fill its own funding gap, before selling the contract onto another firm who will hike prices even further.