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.
A business umbrella group has hit out at new Government rules allowing up to 60,000 parents to take two extra weeks of paid leave in the first year of their child's life, claiming it will damage firms and is not based on any "common sense".
The Government is being urged to keep its nerve and roll out its spending plans on roads, public transport, businesses, and education, to meet the threats of Brexit, trade wars, and the reforms of global tax regimes (which could undermine the country’s corporation tax).
Politicians of the main parties — including Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin — were quick to jump on the “green bandwagon”, even before the full results of the recent elections became known, by intimating that voters had unanimously signalled that they wanted carbon taxes raised and other green initiatives implemented asap.
IBEC CEO Danny McCoy met British Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Business Secretary Greg Clark at Downing Street as part of a delegation of key EU business federations, where he stressed the need for urgent progress in Brexit talks.
The experts predict that a defeat may be snatched from the jaws of victory, with logic lacking in the Brexit negotiations. From local concerns to the international outlook,report on this week’s Brexit progress.