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New domestic violence leave entitlements begin

Employers will be required to offer paid leave to workers who are subjected to domestic violence from today. The Work-Life Balance Act, which was passed earlier this year, provides for up to five days paid domestic violence leave over a period of 12 months. Minister for Children and Equality Roderic O’Gorman said no one experiencing […]

39% of daily internet users almost always online – CSO

New figures from the Central Statistics Office shows that 94% of internet users go online daily, and of these, 39% use it all the time or nearly all the time. The CSO’s Internet Coverage and Usage in Ireland research shows that 92% of people aged 16 years and older were recent users of the internet, […]

Public sector pay talks to begin at WRC

Talks on a new public sector pay deal involving unions, staff associations and the Government are due to begin at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today. Last week, unions accepted an invitation from the Government to enter talks, but said they want to focus on a short-term agreement. They also expressed disappointment at the Government’s […]

Irish agri-food exports were worth €19 billion in 2022

Irish agri-food exports were worth €19 billion in 2022, with 165,000 people employed across the sector, according to the latest annual review and outlook report from the Department of Agriculture published today. Last year was another bumper year for Irish agri-food exports, with total sales of €19 billion, up 22% on 2021. The increase was […]

Labour market participation rate highest since 2008 – CSO

New figures from the Central Statistics Office today show that the estimated labour market participation rate in the third quarter of 2023 reached 65.8% – the highest rate recorded since the third quarter of 2008 and up from 64.8% the same time last year. Today’s CSO Labour Force Survey figures show that the employment rate […]

Central Bank’s Makhlouf not ruling out another interest rate hike

The full effect of higher interest rates has yet to feed through the economy, according to the Central Bank’s Financial Stability Review published today. The Review has left mortgage lending rules unchanged. Speaking at a press conference, the Governor of the Central Bank said he was concerned inflation was higher in Ireland than in the […]

Mortgage approvals for first time buyers hits record in year to October

The number of mortgages approved last month increased by 2.7% compared to a month earlier. But versus the same month in 2022, volumes were down 20%, as switching activity fell off, new data from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) shows. A total of 4,273 mortgages were approved during the month, with first time buyers […]

€110 billion collected in taxes in 2022, up 17% on 2021 – CSO

The Exchequer collected €110 billion in 2022 in taxes and PRSI, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office published today. This is an increase of €16.3 billion or 17% on the total tax revenue figure in 2021. Included in this figure was what the CSO described as an “unprecedented” 48% increase in corporation tax […]

OPEC+ postpones policy meeting to November 30, oil falls

OPEC+ has delayed a ministerial meeting expected to discuss oil output cuts to November 30 from November 26 as producers struggled to agree on production levels and hence possible reductions, OPEC+ sources said, a surprise delay that sent oil prices sliding. Three OPEC+ sources said this was linked to African countries. OPEC+ said after its […]

€1,000 reduction in third level college fees comes into effect

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has announced further details on the cost of education measures first outlined in the Budget. A reduction of €1,000 in undergraduate fees has now been applied to all students’ accounts reducing the cost of college for 96,000 students by 33%. Students, or their families, who have paid […]